Call for papers


Int. J. of Learning and Change


Special Issue on: “Leadership, Learning and Collective Capacity Building”


Guest Editors:
Annick Janson, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor E. Allan Lind, Duke University, USA


Collective capacity building includes a wide range of learning processes playing out at either individual or organisational level. These learning processes may involve reflective practice, critical thinking, peer coaching or other such activities as undertaken in the course of leadership development programmes. This special issue will take an inclusive and pluralistic view towards understanding these learning processes using multidisciplinary approaches. We therefore invite submissions, which address any aspect of learning, leadership development and collective capacity building, looking at both the methods used to effect and appraise change.


We seek analytical and empirical papers covering any aspect of leadership development and collective capacity building through learning within any organisational context. Research approaches may include case studies, action research, ethnography, grounded theory, oral history, interviews, archival research, narrative analysis, discourse analysis and approaches integrating both qualitative and quantitative methods in innovative ways.


Subject Coverage


We are interested in papers covering the following areas, with a special emphasis on qualitative approaches and how these can provide insight into organisational change and learning. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Collective capacity building
  • Organisational learning and change
  • Reflective practice
  • Issues of validity and ethics
  • Critical thinking
  • Multiple methods
  • Leadership development programmes and evaluation procedures of such programmes
  • New approaches to research design and analysis for leadership development
  • Organisational learning and change
  • Leadership knowledge culture
  • Paradigm shifts in change and learning
  • Innovative approaches to organisational research using qualitative methods
  • Observation, text, visual and videotaped data describing leadership effects
  • Choice and critique of methods appraising leadership and change
  • Leadership in online environments
  • Data analyses measuring leadership impact


Please contact Annick Janson, below, to discuss possible paper submissions not covered in this list.


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere


All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page


Important Dates


100 word abstract due:


31 February 2006


Full paper due: 15 July, 2006


Notification of acceptance: 15 November, 2006


Final version of paper due: 15 February 2007


Editors and Notes


You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to the following:


Annick Janson
Excelerator – New Zealand Leadership Institute
Business School
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
New Zealand


with an email copy only to:


IEL Editorial Office
PO Box 735
Olney, Bucks MK46 5WB
Fax: +44 1234-240515


Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor