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Leadership, Management, Innovation in Professional & Knowledge Intensive Organisations: 

People and process challenges in the global knowledge economy


                                                                                       AIRC4 Programme

                                                                    PRESENTERS’ NAMES IN BOLD


Friday 12th June 2015

14.00  -14.15


Carla Millar, Stephen Chen, Lee Waller


14.15 - 15.45





Opening Panel of Experts

People and process challenges in the knowledge intensive nexus

      Laurent Choain, Chief HR Officer, Mazars Group, Paris

      Richard Cleverly, Global Head of Talent, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters

      Philip Sadler, Tomorrow’s Company and former CEO, Ashridge

      David Young, Head of Leadership Development BT Group at BT

Chair: Professor Kai Peters, CEO Ashridge Business School


15.45 - 16.30

Tea, Wyatt Room

16.30 - 18.30

Conference Session I:

I .1The Nexus of    Knowledge








I .2 Leadership in    KIOs


Old Lib

Trust and knowledge sharing 

Tatiana Khvatova, Madeleine Block                       

           Exploring the role of task-related trust in intra-organisational knowledge sharing

Roger Fullwood                                                                                               

           Factors affecting knowledge sharing amongst UK academics

Bindu Gupta, Ajay Singh                                                              

           Selected HR practicesThe moderating role of organizational cultural values

Session Chair: Martin Lockett, Ashridge Business School


Personality and creativity

Piia Uusi-Kakkuri                                                            

           Creative leaders:

           The relationship between creativity and a leader’s personality and gender

Lulu Zhou, Shuming Zhao, Feng (Karen) Tian, Xufan Zhang, Hufei Ge

           Visionary leadership and employee creativity:

           Evidence from knowledge intensive organizations in China

Sandor L÷wik

          Wanted: A transformational leader or Machiavellist as CEO:

          How personality traits explain individual managerial ambidexterity

Session Chair: Angela Muir, Ashridge Business School

19.00 - 20.30

Dinner, Main Dining Hall




Saturday 13th June 2015


08.45 – 10.00


II .1  The Nexus of Knowledge








II .2  Leadership in KIOs



Old Lib

Conference Session II 


Managing knowledge

Chris Mabey

           Effective management of knowledge exchange:

          A conceptual investigation of five leadership paradoxes

Alastair McCapra

          From KI to AI:

          Professional bodies and knowledge management in the age of the robot

Session Chair: Martin Lockett, Ashridge Business School


Self-Leadership for change and transformation

Terry Porter

          Living the mission:

          A case study of a self-transforming UK civil society organization linking              

          knowledge management, social sustainability, complex systems

 Maria Nathan

         The knowledge worker as CEO of self                  

Session Chair: Caryn Vanstone, Ashridge Business School


10.00–  10.30

Coffee, Wyatt Room



10.30 – 12.45
















12.45 – 14.00



Keynote Addresses I


Talent and knowledge cultivation in knowledge intensive firms


Philip Sadler, Senior Fellow, Tomorrow’s Company and former CEO Ashridge

          The talent intensive organisation, the 1993 starting blocks

Juani Swart, Professor of Human Capital, School of Management, University

           of Bath

          HR policies and processes to manage knowledge professionals in

          contemporary contexts

Laurent Choain, Chief HR Officer, Mazars Group, Paris

           Innovation, education and HR strategy in professional tervice firms 


Chair: Professor Stephen Chen, University of Newcastle, AUS; Chair AIRC4



Lunch, Main Dining Hall








14.00 – 16.00


III .1The Nexus of    Knowledge










III .2 Leadership in    KIOs


Old Lib

Conference Session III


Ethics and trust

Barbara Wang

                Truth and trust: The IP challenge in the partnership of Chinese and   

              Western companies

Richard McGowan

                The tale of two weeds: tobacco, marijuana and the ethics of disgust

Katrina Hogan, Sandeep Gopalan

Leveraging codes of ethics through law to minimize agency costs

Session Chair:  John Mahon, University  of Maine, USA



Management styles

Nawtej Dosanjh

          Top management influence and ambidexterity in managerial practice

Hemangi Bhalerao, Satishchandra Kumar

          Impact of conflict management styles of leaders on the commitment

          level of subordinates in India

Kai Wing (Alex) Chu

          Leading knowledge management in a school


Session Chair: Vicki Culpin, Ashridge Business School

 16.00 – 16.30  

Tea, Wyatt Room



16.30 – 18.30



“The Ashridge Experience”

Caryn Vanstone,  Ashridge Business School and Lacerta Consulting

          Leading for innovation in KIOs:

          Rethinking knowledge, people, risk and the role of improvisation



18.30 – 19.30



A walk in the grounds or Tour of the Mansion and/or Publishing Clinic

19.30 – 20.00

Publishers’ Reception on the Loggia


20.00 – 22.00


Old Lib


Conference Dinner in the Old Library


After dinner speech “Risk and leaders” by the ‘Priest of Sin’






Sunday 14 June 2015


09.00 – 10.15


IV.1The Nexus of    Knowledge








IV.2 Leadership in    KIOs


Old Lib

Conference Session IV


Emotion and knowledge transfer

JosÚ Vargas-Hernandes, Patricia Carmona-Fuentes, Roberto E. Rosas-Reyes

                The influence of emotional intelligence on job performance

Christina  Swart-Opperman,  Kurt April

Understanding innovation and emotive outlook of knowledge teams

in Namibia


Session Chair: Kerrie Fleming, Ashridge Business School


Leadership and performance

Tomohiko Tanikawa, Yuhee Jung

                The effect of TMT diversity in knowledge industry:

The interactive role of TMT diversity, the CEO power and past performance

Caroline Rowland, Roger Hall

           Leadership in turbulent times:

           Realities of a white-water world


Session Chair: Lee Waller, Ashridge Business School


10.15 – 10.45

Coffee, Wyatt Room


10.45– 12.45

Keynote Addresses II

Leading and developing people in knowledge intensive firms


Dame Fiona Woolf, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna and the 686th Lord

           Mayor of London (2013-2014)

          Talent development in the City

John Mahon, Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy and

           Professor of Management, University of Maine, USA

          Knowledge acculturation, retention and corruption in knowledge

           intensive organizations

Vlatka Hlupic, Professor of Business and Management, Dept. of Leadership

          and Professional Development, Westminster Business School

         The management shift in knowledge intensive organisations  


Chair: Vicki Culpin,

Dean of Faculty and Director of Research, Ashridge Business School 


12.45 – 13.00


Concluding Practice                                                            Lee Waller, Chair AIRC4


Concluding Academe and Closing of conference   Carla Millar, Chair AIRC4



13.00 – 14.00

End-of-Conference Lunch, Main Dining Hall





Carla Millar

Prof. Dr. Carla C.J.M. Millar


Professor, International Marketing & Management, University of Twente, School of Management & Governance.

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