4th Conference: ‘Asian Perspectives on Leadership, Learning and Social Enterprise:Sharpening Focus on Collaborative Research and Publications

The Yunus Center & Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Extension
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The core emphasis of the ELLTA Conferences is on Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia. After three successful international conferences in Malaysia in collaboration with the top universities, the 4th International Academic Conference, ELLTA 2017, invites contributions to address the main theme above. The three questions below form the crux of the conference, which the submissions must address:

Relevance of Existing Theories: Are the west-inspired theories on leadership and learning relevant for Asia in general and different contexts in Asia in particular?
Need for Theory Development/ Enrichment: Is there a need to develop theories specific for Asia in general and different contexts in Asia in particular?
Acknowledging Theories with Asian Origin: Are there existing theories on leadership and learning with an Asian origin, which have not received much attention or have not been acknowledged so far?

Leadership and learning, like various other concepts, are often treated as global. Is it, however, wise to assume that the theories and insights related to these concepts (and similar others, such as ‘organizational learning’ and ‘learning organization’) are universal in nature and could be equally applied to all contexts? The question becomes particularly significant when there is also a growing recognition that the majority of these theories that claim to have global application mainly originates in different parts of the Western world (see Dimmock, 1999; Easterby-Smith & Araujo, 1999)?

Let us take the example of Asia, which constitutes of a landscape of diverse geographical, cultural, religious (e.g. Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, etc.), social, socio-economical and socio-political heritage. Most of the civilizations are ancient, and have long-standing traditions of learning and knowledge. The contexts are unique in their multi-dimensionality and so are they in terms of the breadth and nature of challenges faced by the region. Such socio-cultural factors are bound to have their impact on the leadership and learning styles, behaviour, performance and outcomes that cannot be ignored by taking a simplistic, universal approach.

There is, thus, a need to examine/challenge generalizations related to learning and leadership across cultures and geographical boundaries, between East and West, but of course between Eastern contexts as well. That is where the conference invites your contributions. The key strands identified provide specific elaboration of the conference themes.

Abstract Submission:    By March 15, 2017
Acceptance of Abstract:    By April 15, 2017

Early Bird: By April 30, 2017
Standard: By May 15, 2017
Full Paper Submission: By June 01, 2017
Conference Starts: By July 25, 2017