Developing Leadership Capacity Conference (DLCC) 2018

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Date: 12 July - 13 July 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building, Frenchay Campus
Time: View below

This conference is aimed at leadership and management academics, practitioners, policy makers and students.

We welcome submissions from anyone interested in the research and/or practice of leadership learning and development - further submission information below.

Innovation and Creativity in Leadership Learning, Development and Education

The theme for DLCC 2018 is Innovation and Creativity in Leadership Learning, Development and Education.

As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Developing Leadership Capacity Conference (DLCC), the topic of leadership learning seems to be as important as ever with an increased level of research interest and increased levels of investment (see Day et al., 2014; Edwards et al., 2013 and Mabey, 2013 for recent reviews).

This popularity of leadership learning and development has been accompanied by a focus on innovative and creative methods (Edwards et al., 2015; Turner et al., 2018).

Exploring these creative methods

We wish to explore some of these methods as part of the conference and hence invite contributions on leadership learning, development and education, with a particular focus on innovation and creativity.

These creative and innovative approaches further appear to resonate with increased interest in critical issues within leadership studies more widely. These being:

  • gender (eg Stead and Elliott, 2012)
  • identity (eg Carroll and Levy, 2010; Nicholson and Carroll, 2013)
  • power and resistance (eg Gagnon and Collinson, 2014, 2017; Carroll and Nicholson, 2014); and
  • more aesthetic appreciation of leadership (Edwards et al., 2015).

The methodologies used for learning leadership are also developing outside the mainstream with increased calls for more reflexive (Hibbert et al., 2017; Stead and Elliott, 2012) and democratic processes (Smolović Jones et al., 2016) of learning.

Whilst we are hoping to explore these innovative, creative and critical issues further, the conference will also welcome any other discussion of leadership learning, development and education.


  • Professor Paul Hibbert, St Andrews University – Reflexivity in Leadership Learning
  • Professor Carole Elliott, Roehampton University – Women's Leadership Learning
  • Dr Kevin Flinn, University of Hertfordshire

This conference is a collaboration between Bristol Leadership and Change Centre (BLCC) and Bristol Business Engagement Centre (BBEC).


Download the full draft programme including details of the streamed sessions.

Pre conference: Wednesday 11 July 2018
10:00-16:00Leadership Evaluation Collaboratory (click link to book separately from DLCC)
18:00-20:00The Distinguished Professorial Address: Professor Jean Hartley (click link to book separately from DLCC)
Conference day one: Thursday 12 July 2018
09:00Registration and refreshments
09:45Welcome and Introduction to the Conference – Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, UWE Bristol and Dr Gareth Edwards, UWE Bristol
10:00Keynote speaker one: Professor Carole Elliott introduced by Dr Doris Schedlitzki, UWE Bristol presenting Public Pedagogy, Popular Culture and Women's Leadership Learning
11:30Streamed sessions
14:00Streamed sessions
16:00Streamed sessions
17:30Keynote Speaker 2: Kevin Flinn, University of Hertfordshire, introduced by Professor Richard Bolden, UWE Bristol.
Title: No recipes, just rules of thumb: a complexity approach to leadership development.
18:30Drinks reception
19:00Hot buffet dinner, X Block atrium
Conference day two: Friday 13 July 2018
09:30Registration and refreshments
10:00Welcome and Introduction to day two from Dr Doris Schedlitzki, UWE Bristol
10:15Keynote three: Professor Paul Hibbert, Introduced by Dr Gareth Edwards, UWE Bristol presenting Aesthetics and hysterics: Experience and reflexivity in the development of leadership capacity
11:45Streamed sessions
13:15Buffet lunch
14:15Streamed sessions
16:15Conference close

Download the full draft programme including details of the streamed sessions.


  • Early bird ticket (available until 31 May) £245 - includes conference attendance, book of abstracts, digital copies of papers, lunches and all refreshments on 12 and 13 July including evening buffets.
  • Full ticket £295 - includes conference attendance, book of abstracts, digital copies of papers, lunches and all refreshments on 12 and 13 July including evening buffets.
  • Day ticket for 12 July £150 - includes conference attendance, book of abstracts, digital copies of papers, lunches, refreshments and a hot buffet.
  • Day ticket for 13 July £150 - includes conference attendance, book of abstracts, digital copies of papers, lunches and refreshments.
  • Research Degree Student ticket £245

If your organisation requires an invoice, please download and complete this form and return via email to the Conference Administrator, Tessa Wright at

Please note: It will not be possible to purchase tickets after 17:00 on Tuesday 10 July 2018. Overnight accommodation is not included in any of the conference fees and must be booked and paid for separately by delegates.

Accommodation and travel

The Holiday Inn at Filton offers concessionary rates to UWE Bristol delegates (Please email the DLCC Conference Administrator at for the code you need to quote when booking).

Inexpensive modes of public transport to Frenchay Campus are Megabus, National Express Coaches and the Trainline.


There are three streams where contributions can be submitted to and we ask all submissions to specify the particular stream they are intending to contribute to.

The streams are:

  • Leadership Learning and Development (LLD) Research and Theory

Submissions to this stream should contribute towards research and/or theory in the area of leadership learning, development and education.

  • LD Practical Workshops

Submissions to this stream should be practically orientated and should be small workshops that explore certain techniques and tools used in leadership learning, development and education. Space and resources will be provided for explorations, so requirements, such as room size and time should be made clear in the abstract/summary submitted.

  • LLD Case Studies

This submission stream is dedicated to those wishing to describe and explore specific experiences in leadership learning, development and education.

Download the submissions information sheet (pdf) for dates and formatting requirements.

Speakers profiles

Paul Hibbert, University of St Andrews presenting Aesthetics and hysterics: Experience and reflexivity in the development of leadership capacity

How does experience influence the reflexive development of leaders and leadership? Paul will look at this in three parts. He will begin, through building on a particular philosophical approach, by characterising leadership development as a process based on the interpretation of experience. This process stretches from the interpretation of a transient event, through to the process of becoming experienced, in a cumulative way, over time. He will then move on to explore particularly emotional events, based on experience from academic leadership contexts. These are experiences that lead to potentially important insights, but reflexive engagement with these experiences can be delayed while emotions endure. From those two strands, he will weave together a picture of the role of everyday and extraordinary emotional experiences in reflexive leadership development.

Paul Hibbert is Vice-Principal Education at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research is principally concerned with collaborative and relational processes of organizing and learning. He is the incoming (August 2018) Chair of the Management Education and Development Division of the Academy of Management. He is an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education and the Journal of Management Education, and an editorial board member of Management Learning and Organizational Research Methods. His research has been published in those outlets and other leading international journals. He received his MBA and PhD from the University of Strathclyde, in Scotland.

Carole Elliott, University of Roehampton presenting Public pedagogy, popular culture and women's leadership learning

The concept of public pedagogy has helped management and leadership learning scholars to recognise the significance of media artefacts as vehicles for informal learning. Public pedagogy provides a theoretical framework through which we can interrogate popular culture's role in promoting particular discourses and shaping cultural identity. Having situated public pedagogy as an analytic lens she will explore what mediated images and texts of women leaders and women's leadership can tell us about understandings and perceptions of leadership. She will illustrate how qualitative examinations of such media constructions can help unmask systemic inequalities, which occlude the complexity of gender bias faced by women in their everyday leadership experience. A fundamental challenge for leadership learning and development is to increase awareness of gendered social and cultural norms that influence how the workplace is organized and that shape leadership understandings. She will conclude the presentation by discussing how the media as a site of public pedagogy for leadership development brings together understandings of informal learning, and critical approaches to learning, to promote a critically reflexive methodology for leadership learning and development.

Carole Elliott is Professor of Human Resource Development at Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton. She was the principal investigator from 2014-2017 of the ESRC seminar series Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders, and is editor-in-chief of Human Resource Development International. She is also on the editorial board of Management Learning. Recent work has been published in Organization Studies, International Small Business Journal, and Management Learning. Her most recent book is the co-edited Gender, Media and Organization. Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers, published by Information Age Publishing. Carole is an academic fellow of the CIPD and a fellow of the Leadership Trust.

Dr Kevin Flinn is Head of Leadership and Organisational Development at the University of Hertfordshire, a Visiting Lecturer at Hertfordshire Business School, an Associate with the newly formed Advance HE and an Associate Member of the Institute of Group Analysis.

If one accepts that organisations are not systems but rather emergent patterns of interaction between interdependent human beings simultaneously co-operating and competing to get things done together, this immediately problematises the prescriptive recipes for leading and leadership that one finds in mainstream discourse and on conventional leadership development programmes.​

However, that is not to say that nothing is generalisable. In this interactive session, Kevin Flinn introduces a complexity approach to leadership and leadership development and shares the 'rules of thumb' that he considers to be useful to practising managers and leadership developers alike.

Cost: Varied
Contact: Gareth Edwards and Doris Schedlitzki

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