VU Center for Boards and Executive Leadership Development

While CEOs are often portrayed as the solo-leaders of firms, there is an increased awareness that corporate strategic decisions are the result of intensive deliberation and communication between numerous actors within boards and their stakeholders. Recent corporate scandals, however, have shown that as a society we know little about what happens in boardrooms, or how various stakeholders can influence the decision-making direction of boards including executive and non-executive committees.
The VU Center for Boards and Executive Leadership Development aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of factors influencing the decision-making of boards, including board members and CEO characteristics, behavioural patterns, governance structures and regulatory requirements. With a mission to create knowledge that can help top management teams to develop and to better lead contemporary organisations, we aim to explore the interplay of multiple factors that shape the performance of boards and top executives within the boards through a deeper understanding of leadership effectiveness, socio-cognitive and communicative behaviours and leadership teams in general.
Our experts are renown scholars who work in the areas of behavioural change, psycho-analytics, cognition, communication, career, corporate culture, legacy, governance and strategy. Together with boards and top management teams, we build new interdisciplinary theories on the topics related to consciousness, sensemaking, the unsaid, the unknown, emotional trends, board and executive climates, information-processing and faultlines, as well as development and learning. In our research, we draw on qualitative, process-based, and reflexive research methodologies.
Next to our research, we also offer various post-graduate and executive development programs as well as colloquia, conferences and seminars that bring together knowledgeable professionals and scholars to bring forth issues that are current and relevant in our world today.

Khapova, Svetlana 2
Director
Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova
Loo, Erik van de
Co-director
Prof. dr. Erik van de Loo

Affiliated Scholars

Winter, Jaap
Prof. dr. Jaap Winter
Engbers, Marilieke 
Marilieke Engbers
Tcholakian, Lara
Lara Tcholakian
Tjemkes, Dr. B.V.
Dr. Brian Tjemkes
Bunea, Emilia
Emilia Bunea
Dassen, Marie-Claire
Marie-Claire Dassen
Roques, Hélène
Hélène Roques

Colloquium 9 December

Dear boards and executive leadership scholars and PhD students,
 
It is our pleasure to invite you to our second PhD colloquium for scholars on Boards and Executive Leadership Development on Monday, 9 December (13:00 – 18:30) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
 
During this event we welcome academics, PhD candidates, and executives from different disciplines who are interested in presenting scholarly research on the topics of board and executive leadership development, and to share ideas or work in progress on relevant matters with fellow scholars, faculty members and other PhD students.
 
The purpose of this event is to strengthen our multidisciplinary research community and create knowledge that can help top management teams and boards to develop and to better lead contemporary organisations. We are interested in building new interdisciplinary board and leadership theories on consciousness, sensemaking, the unsaid, the unknown, emotional trends, board and executive climates, information-processing and faultlines, as well as development and learning. Finally, we are also interested in qualitative, process-based, and reflexive research methodologies.
 
If you are interested in attending this event, and or want to present ideas, challenges and/or solutions on boards and leadership, please email: m.j.e.engbers@vu.nl.
 
We will soon inform you about the details of this program.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Kind regards,
 
Vu center for boards and executive leadership development

Contact

For questions / inquiries, please contact Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova (s.n.khapova@vu.nl), at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam.

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