Human Relations Special Issue Call for Papers

Collective dimensions of leadership: The challenges of connecting theory and method

Guest Editors:

Sonia M Ospina (New York U, USA)
Erica Gabrielle Foldy (New York U, USA)
Gail T Fairhurst (U of Cincinnati, USA)
Brad Jackson (Victoria U of Wellington, New Zealand)

Submission deadline: 15 June 2018 (submissions will not be considered before 15 May 2018)


Objectives and scope

The special issue aims to deepen scholarly understandings of the social and relational dimensions of leadership in contemporary institutions through an in-depth exploration of ensuring the theory–methods connection when engaging in empirical research with a collective leadership lens.


The goals of this special issue are threefold:


1. To identify and to map diverse collective leadership streams in an integrative framework that helps guide theory–methods decisions when conducting or assessing collective leadership scholarship.
2. To promote consistency in theoretical and methodological choices in collective leadership scholarship, by documenting strategies and solutions to address the challenges of matching lens to method in empirical research.
3. To deepen the quality of the dialogue among organizational scholars with diverse collective leadership perspectives by requiring that theoretical and methodological choices, as well as the reasoning behind their consistency (including paradigmatic lens), be made explicit. 

Articles in any of the following categories are invited for the special issue:


1. Empirical papers reporting leadership research that captures its collective dimensions and in which the research is an example of how theory-method consistency is successfully addressed.
2. Empirical papers on leadership in the plural in which the research takes a specific collective leadership theoretical framework (e.g. complexity theory, leadership-as-practice, the direction-adaptation-commitment model, network theory, discursive leadership, distributed leadership, relational leadership, among others) and identifies solutions to methodological and measurement challenges associated with its empirical application.
3. Conceptual papers that take a specific collective leadership theoretical framework and propose ways to address methodological and measurement challenges associated with it.
4. Reflective papers in which authors review their previous work with a critical eye to explore lens-method inconsistency and thereby make a substantive contribution to the charge of matching lens and method.
5. Either empirical or conceptual papers that use lens-methods matching to unpack a particular methodological challenge associated with research on collective leadership such as disentangling individual and collective leadership processes that co-exist in a particular context; determining unit of analysis; capturing group processes; addressing time issues; among others.


Read the full call for papers here: