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Forum on dynamics of leadership in NZ

Forum on dynamics of leadership in NZ

The Adam Art Gallery is hosting a forum this weekend on the dynamics of leadership in New Zealand.

What: Forum - ‘Leading and Following in a Post-Heroic Age’
When: Saturday 4 October 2-4pm
Where: Adam Art Gallery
More information: Laura Preston (email: ph: 04 463 5229)

About the forum
Brad Jackson, Professor of Leadership at The University of Auckland Business School, chairs a discussion with Brigid Carroll, Jon Johansson and Paul Morris about the dynamics of leadership in the increasingly media-driven, success-oriented environment that we have come to know as the democratic nation state. Using The Subject Now exhibition as a catalyst, and timed to coincide with the lead-up to the 2008 general elections, this discussion will think through the dynamics that produce leaders bringing together a range of key thinkers from different disciplines to discuss this topical question. The forum ties in with the last week of the Adam Art Gallery’s current exhibitions.

Speaker biographies
Brigid Carroll is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Organisation Studies in the Department of Management and International Business, and both a Leadership Design/ Development Facilitator and a Senior Research Fellow for Excelerator, The NZ Leadership Institute. Her research interests lie primarily in identity work, critical leadership studies and narrative/ discourse theory, exploring how leadership as a practice is articulated and shaped in different organisational contexts.

Brad Jackson is the Fletcher Building Education Trust Professor of Leadership at The University of Auckland Business School. Prior to this he was the Director of the Centre for the Study of Leadership and Head of School of the Management School at Victoria University of Wellington. His research interests include strategic and cross-cultural leadership, the management advice industry and qualitative research methodologies. Brad has spoken to academic and business audiences throughout the world and has published three books—Management Gurus; Management Fashions; The Hero Manager and Organisational Behaviour in New Zealand and A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership.

Jon Johansson is a lecturer in Comparative Politics at Victoria University of Wellington. His current research interests include analysing the crucial period of New Zealand politics between 1984-1992, known as the ‘revolution,’ its disruptive effects and the politics that have flowed since. Jon is currently working on his second book, which is an examination of the political dynamic facing political leaders heading into the 2008 election.

Paul Morris is a specialist scholar in the field of contemporary world religions at Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches courses on the world’s religions after 9/11, on Judaism, including the Holocaust, diaspora and the state of Israel, and on Hebrew language. His research specialities lie in the areas of religion, politics and economics. His most recent publication New Rights New Zealand: Myths, Markets and Moralities, co-authored with Dolores Janiewski, was published in 2005.

The Subject Now exhibition and forum series
The Subject Now exhibition brings together nine artists working in various locations who pose new and compelling questions about the nature of the human subject under present conditions. Working mainly with photography and video these artists recognise the ever-present role of these media today, and offer a timely set of responses that map the terrain of contemporary experience for viewers to negotiate.
Te Mata: The Ethnological Portrait and The Subject Now close this Sunday 5 October. The Subject Now forum series expands on the artistic, theoretical and political implications of the exhibition, to broaden the discussion of what it means to be a ‘subject now’. The forums bring together a range of commentators working in different fields to debate key issues shaping our social, cultural, political and technological landscapes.


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