Special Sessions

Special Session - 1

 “Challenges of Leadership and Decision Making in Modern Organizations: Perspectives from Poland”

Session Co-Organizers 

Virginia Bodolica, The Said T. Khoury Chair of Leadership Studies, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch, Professor of Management, Canadian University Dubai, UAE

Session Description

In today’s dynamic and constantly evolving business landscapes, corporations are confronted with the imperative of embracing new realities and successfully navigating change. Under these specific environmental conditions, challenges associated with leadership, management, and decision making abound. This session aims to provide a fruitful platform for the development of a context-dependent knowledge base on the theory and practice of leadership from the standpoint of decision-makers in public and private organizations in Poland. We start by shedding light on macro perspectives of leadership that emanate from the specificities of social reality construction and the pervasive need to pave the way toward a socially-sustainable, ethical enterprise. The session continues with the discussion of empirical findings generated in a number of Polish studies that examine the effects of leadership in different contexts, including regional development networks, modern military institutions, and knowledge-intensive business services sectors. In conclusion, we summarize the empirical knowledge generated to date on the strategic role of leadership in today’s organizations in Poland and draw on the key lessons learned to delineate pressing priorities for future research in the field.

Session Presentations

Towards the Creation and Development of the Contemporary Theory and Practice of Leadership
Jan Stachowicz, General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military University of Land Forces, Wrocław, Poland and Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch, Canadian University Dubai, UAE

Contemporary Leader as the Driving Force of the Development Strategy in Today’s Enterprises: Towards Socially Responsible Organizations
Ryszard Barcik, Agnieszka Barcik, & Piotr Dziwiński, University of Bielsko-Biala, Poland

The Role of Leaders in Regional Development
Ewa Bojar, Lublin University of Technology, Poland

Model of Shaping and Developing Leadership Competencies in the Modern Army
Józef Ledzianowski & Jan Stachowicz, General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military University of Land Forces, Wrocław, Poland

The Relationships between Leadership and Job Crafting Behaviors of Employees from Knowledge-Intensive Business Services Sector: Mediating Role of Organizational Resources
Agnieszka Wojtczuk-Turek, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of Human Capital, Poland

Strategic Leadership for Value Creation and Value Capture: Some Lessons from Poland
Wojciech Dyduch, UE Katowice, Poland

Special Session - 2

“Leadership in the Making: Crossing Silos in Leadership Research and Practice”

Session Co-Organizers

Virginia Bodolica, The Said T. Khoury Chair of Leadership Studies, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Martin Spraggon, Dean of School of Business & Quality Management, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, UAE

Session Description

Scholarly interest in the examination of a plethora of antecedents, intervening effects and consequences associated with leadership phenomena in modern organizations has grown significantly over the past decades. Empirical studies have evolved from very narrow, micro-level perspectives focused on leaders’ personality traits, individual attitudes and behavioral characteristics to the inquiry of contextual considerations, leadership processes, and macro-level initiatives that provide opportunities for a wider conceptualization of leadership and its potential outcomes. This special session seeks to demonstrate the current heterogeneity of leadership research and practice from the perspective of contexts, implications, and levels of analysis, and highlight the relevance of crossing silos for the purpose of generating beneficial knowledge spillovers across fields. In particular, the discussion of macro-level leadership processes is centered around three major contexts, including the healthcare sector, regional cooperation networks, and international operations. As far as micro-level initiatives are concerned, we animate a debate on the occurrence of not only positive effects of leadership, through its transformational connotations, but also the negative outcomes of leadership in the form of abusive styles and unethical employee behaviors. We aim to reactivate the call for researchers to recognize the dynamic nature of leadership and keep the door wide open for the continuous transformation of leadership as a discipline and field of study. 

Session Presentations

Leading the Transformation of Healthcare Sector in the 4th Industrial Revolution: Leadership and Governance Initiatives at the Macro and Micro Levels
Virginia Bodolica, The Said T. Khoury Chair of Leadership Studies, American University of Sharjah, UAE; Martin Spraggon, Dean of School of Business & Quality Management, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, UAE; & Adi I. Arida, Dean of School of Health & Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, UAE

Leadership in Regional Cooperation Networks
Matylda Bojar, Lublin University of Technology, Poland

Leadership Competence Profiles of Polish Managers who are Active Internationally
Maria Pietrzak, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Role of Self-Transcendent and Self-Enhancement Values in the Occurrence and Effects of Transformational Leadership
Ghulam Mustafa, Department of International Business, NTNU-Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Virginia Bodolica, The Said T. Khoury Chair of Leadership Studies, American University of Sharjah, UAE; & Babar Nazir, Central Directorate of National Savings, Islamabad, Pakistan

Leadership, Organizational Identification, and Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior
Tomasz Gigol, Sławomir Winch, & Joanna Tabor-Błażewicz, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

The Curvilinear Relationship between Abusive Leadership and Employee Behaviours: The Moderating Effect of Perceived Organizational Support
Dariusz Turek, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of Enterprise, Poland

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