Deconstructing the Scholarship and Research Divide: Thinking Again About Academic Identities. Leading in a complex world: enabling leadership practices to support innovation, change and resilience

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This presentation provides a case-in-point to demonstrate the successful integration of scholarship and research. Two of the authors were associate deans (for learning and teaching) who found themselves working at pace to meet the daily challenges brought about by the pandemic. One approach to self-care during this time was to make space for reflective peer-to-peer dialogue. These conversations were recorded via Microsoft Teams, and the analysis was supported by one of the authors with expertise in Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT) (Uhl-Bien & Arena, 2018). We used the three leadership strands of CLT (organisational, entrepreneurial, and enabling) to analyse our reflections and support our leadership development (Howden et al., 2021). Our findings demonstrated that enabling leadership was crucial during this time, and within this, we have also shown the need to include a place for compassionate leadership, a missing component of the CLT framework. The outcomes of this practice-scholarship-research work have fed back into our leadership practice and teaching, alongside conference presentations, an educational blog, journal article(s), and the evolution of the CLT framework. As a result, we demonstrate the possibilities of merging the ‘two divides’.
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Degree of RecognitionLocal