The increasingly required responsibility of enterprises for the environment and society creates new challenges for leaders. They need to be able to deal with multidimensional, complex systems, with different time horizons, ambiguities, and competing stakeholder interests. In order to convey these competences, new methods are necessary in organization development and change, consulting, and management education. Systemic constellations is a method that has been used in management consulting to learn about complex systems and to develop problem solutions in various situations. Systemic Constellations allows cognitive, emotional, and affective learning to occur simultaneously, thus training leaders to grasp the whole complexity of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, and giving them the opportunity to make better and more responsible decisions. This PDW consists of four keynote presentations (highlighting the challenges of sustainability leadership and giving insights into systems thinking perspectives on corporate social responsibility) followed by a one-hour showcase of a Systemic Constellation which will involve all participants. This interactive and appealing format offers the opportunity to experience, observe, and handle challenges of sustainability leadership (i.e. ambiguities, conflicts and trade-offs). At the end the participants will be able to assess if they want to use Systemic Constellation in their future work (e.g. in research, management training and consulting).

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Pless, Nicola

The challenges of teaching and learning sustainable leadership

The increasingly required responsibility of enterprises for the environment and society creates new challenges for leaders. They need to be able to deal with multidimensional, complex systems, with different time horizons, ambiguities, and competing stakeholder interests. In order to convey these competences, new methods are necessary in organization development and change, consulting, and management education. Systemic constellations is a method that has been used in management consulting to learn about complex systems and to develop problem solutions in various situations. Systemic Constellations allows cognitive, emotional, and affective learning to occur simultaneously, thus training leaders to grasp the whole complexity of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, and giving them the opportunity to make better and more responsible decisions. This PDW consists of four keynote presentations (highlighting the challenges of sustainability leadership and giving insights into systems thinking perspectives on corporate social responsibility) followed by a one-hour showcase of a Systemic Constellation which will involve all participants. This interactive and appealing format offers the opportunity to experience, observe, and handle challenges of sustainability leadership (i.e. ambiguities, conflicts and trade-offs). At the end the participants will be able to assess if they want to use Systemic Constellation in their future work (e.g. in research, management training and consulting).
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The challenges of teaching and learning sustainable leadership
Pless, Nicola
2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Academy of Management (AOM)
Briarcliff Manor (United States of America), 09/08/2013 - 13/08/2013

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