Calls for papers


International Journal of Learning and Change
International Journal 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