Exploring New Trends in Leadership and Innovation in the 21st Century: A Reflection and Brainstorming Session

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:00 in Discussion Forums

Where: University of Northampton, Park Campus
Time: 18:00
With: Dr Fahri Karakas, Open University

Abstract

Teaching leadership and innovation has been on the forefront of business schools, corporations, governments and NGOs alike. Leading MBA programs as well as leading multinational companies allocate large amounts of funds for leadership development courses, creativity workshops, and innovation modules. What are the 21st century trends in leadership and innovation? How can we better prepare ourselves for the 21st century? This seminar will explore new perspectives and trends in the global business world using examples from 30 best-selling books on leadership, innovation, and a global mindset.

Biography of Fahri Karakas

Dr Fahri Karakas is a research fellow at Open University Business School and he is a core member of the International Management Practice Education and Learning (IMPEL) Initiative. He got his PhD in Organizational Behaviour at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. During his PhD, he has received four awards from McGill University: McGill Teaching of Excellence Award, Desautels Faculty of Management PhD Program Research Award, and the Norman Strauss Fellowship for Professional Ethics in Business (twice). As an instructor at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), Fahri has taught seven courses on Creativity and Innovation, Leadership, Global Leadership, and Organizational Behaviour. Rather than lecturing, he strives to cultivate creative spaces in which students can express themselves freely, build on their strengths, and develop design thinking competences for the 21st century.

His research interests include design thinking, innovation and creativity, creative competences for leaders, benevolent leadership, positive management education, creative spirit and spirituality at work, social innovation, responsible management practices, and positive organizational scholarship.

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