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Negative Capability and conflicting narratives in leadership development (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Simpson, P., & von Bulow, C. (2018, September). Negative Capability and conflicting narratives in leadership development. Paper presented at The Poetics of Leadership International Conference - Crossfields Institute, UK and IFLAS, University of Cumbria, Lake District, UK

In this paper we reflect on a very specific aspect of some recent organisational research. In particular, we will look at the phenomenon of ‘caring leadership’ through a reflection on some ‘conflicting narratives’ of leadership and care within a char... Read More about Negative Capability and conflicting narratives in leadership development.

Envisioning a future by paying attention to the past: Rediscovering the work-of-leisure. (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Von Bulow, C., & Simpson, P. (2017, December). Envisioning a future by paying attention to the past: Rediscovering the work-of-leisure. Paper presented at International Studying Leadership Conference 2017, Richmond, Virginia (US)

Populist movements are inherently reactionary, motivated by dissatisfaction with the status quo (Albertazzi & McDonnell, 2008). One source of dissatisfaction in the West over the last decade has been a decline in prosperity alongside an increase in d... Read More about Envisioning a future by paying attention to the past: Rediscovering the work-of-leisure..

Envisioning a future by paying attention to the past: Rediscovering the work-of-leisure (2017)
Presentation / Conference
von Bülow, C., & Simpson, P. (2017, December). Envisioning a future by paying attention to the past: Rediscovering the work-of-leisure. Paper presented at International Studying Leadership Conference 2017

Populist movements are inherently reactionary, motivated by dissatisfaction with the status quo (Albertazzi & McDonnell, 2008). One source of dissatisfaction in the West over the last decade has been a decline in prosperity alongside an increase in d... Read More about Envisioning a future by paying attention to the past: Rediscovering the work-of-leisure.

Developing the leader's negative capability: Mobilising attention for the greater good (2017)
Presentation / Conference
French, R., & Simpson, P. (2017, July). Developing the leader's negative capability: Mobilising attention for the greater good. Paper presented at 33rd European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium 'The Good Organization'

The development of Negative Capability, as described by the poet Keats, can contribute to a quality of attention in leadership practice that encourages greater consideration of the common good. Current societal and organizational realities demand man... Read More about Developing the leader's negative capability: Mobilising attention for the greater good.

Journeying and the experiential gaze in research (2012)
Presentation / Conference
French, R., Gaggiotti, H., & Simpson, P. (2012, July). Journeying and the experiential gaze in research. Paper presented at Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism

In this paper we consider the implications of the ideas of journeying and the experiential gaze for research practice. We do so by drawing first upon Plato’s analogy of the Cave as a mythical representation of the journey of the philosopher to see ul... Read More about Journeying and the experiential gaze in research.

Church leaders’ narratives: An exploration in uncertainty and complexity (2011)
Presentation / Conference
Simpson, P. (2011, March). Church leaders’ narratives: An exploration in uncertainty and complexity. Paper presented at Fourth Conference on Rhetoric and Narratives in Management Research (RNMR) 2011

Organizational uncertainty and change sometimes requires leaders to practice the art of engaging with not knowing. At its simplest this art constitutes the act of moving forwards with the conscious awareness that all decision making is based on infor... Read More about Church leaders’ narratives: An exploration in uncertainty and complexity.

Creative development in Bion’s work group: The desire for knowledge and the pursuit of truth (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Simpson, P., French, R., & Sheffield, R. (2009, July). Creative development in Bion’s work group: The desire for knowledge and the pursuit of truth. Paper presented at 25th EGOS Colloquium

In this paper we seek to contribute to the extensive literature utilising Bion’s theory of group functioning by employing a more developed treatment of the work-group than is commonly employed. Whilst we continue to recognise the value of an understa... Read More about Creative development in Bion’s work group: The desire for knowledge and the pursuit of truth.

Contemplative leadership (2007)
Presentation / Conference
Simpson, P., & Tredget, D. (2007, December). Contemplative leadership. Paper presented at 6th International Studying Leadership Conference

The leadership of change involves both an engagement with uncertainty and an expectation to be the one to provide certainty for others. This paper will reflect on the nature of contemplative leadership, suggesting that it involves engaging with this... Read More about Contemplative leadership.