Responsible Leadership Reimagined: A call for papers

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South Africa has played an important role in driving the topic with the first International Conference on Responsible Leadership being held in 2010 at the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg. Nine years later, the Academy of Management held a specialised conference on Responsible Leadership in Bled, Slovenia.

The Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference (16 – 18 March 2022) returns to Africa where it was initiated in 2010. Hosted by Stellenbosch University in the beautiful surroundings of Lanzerac Wine Estate, the conference is a uniquely African collaboration between the University of Stellenbosch’s Centre for Responsible Leadership Studies, the Allan Gray Centre for Values-based Leadership (University of Cape Town), the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute (University of Pretoria) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.


Responsible leadership is a leadership approach that addresses responsibilities and accountabilities of business leaders. It is driven by purpose and positive social impact. To reach a complete understanding of responsible leadership, its importance and how it can be implemented to benefit society, we need to establish a number of things. These include:

  • How do we make sense of the concept of responsible leadership globally as well as in the African context?
  • What are the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the responsible leadership discourse?
  • What is the relationship between responsible leadership and social innovation?
  • How can organisations develop and nurture responsible leaders internally?
  • How can we establish a dialogue between sectors, co-create best practices and shape pathways and actions towards responsible leadership?

The Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference is an event that seeks to address important questions about responsible leadership, and encourage further research and advance the discussion on responsible leadership in Africa. This will enable us to move towards a common understanding of what responsible leadership is and what it can achieve on the continent.

The conference organisers welcome papers and contributions that theoretically and empirically assess responsible leadership and its relation to individual ethical decision-making, best responsible business practice (in for-profit, non-profit, hybrid, international organisations and government), stakeholder engagement, community partnerships, and cross-sector collaboration. With your help, we can increase our understanding of responsible leaders and implement the correct policies in order to achieve widespread, meaningful and positive social impact in greater society and in organisations around the world.


  • Scholarly paper abstract submissions: 30 November 2021
  • Practitioner presentation submissions: 30 November 2021
  • Notification of review results of abstract/presentation submissions: 15 December 2021
  • Final paper submissions: 31 January 2022

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For the full call for papers please visit the conference website.