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Theorizing Women & Leadership: Different spaces, different conversations

Special issue call for papers from Gender in Management

Special Issue Editors:

Professor Carole Elliott, Roehampton Business School; Sue Pritchard, University College London; Dr Valerie Stead, Lancaster University Management School

The editors of the Special Issue have been involved in a global initiative to develop theory around women’s leadership, and will be hosting a 2-day conference in May 2017 that extends this work. The May 2017 conference ‘Theorizing Women & Leadership. Different spaces, different conversations: theories and practices for these times’ follows previous seminars and conferences, initiated at the women and leadership colloquium held at Utah Valley University in May 2014. In May 2016, Carole Elliott and Sharon Mavin hosted a SAMS-sponsored think tank ‘Developing women’s leadership: theory and practice’, at Roehampton Business School.


The emergence of this special issue is motivated by the lacuna of research in business and leadership that explicitly seeks to theorize women’s leadership, particularly with regard to the intersectionality of women’s leadership with alternative forms of organising.

The call for papers for the special issue is in association with the Theorizing Women & Leadership. Different spaces, different conversations: theories and practices for these times’ conference. The conference design is intended to develop and progress themes from the theorizing women and leadership global network, and will deliberately engage with the experiential to explore alternative modes of theory development. We anticipate that this will encourage critically reflexive submissions that grapple with the intersubjectivity of theory development processes, including the relationship between women’s leadership, space and place. The conference is also concerned to explore the intersectionality of women’s leadership with new ways of organising and acting for political and social change, emerging from the questions "leadership of/for what….?”



In the context of concerns about gender equality and social justice, the ways in which women professionals and leaders learn how to become leaders (Stead, and Elliott, 2013), do leadership and develop leadership remains empirically and theoretically under developed.  The special issue editors have a particular concern to progress theorising around women’s leadership with the deliberate intent to include the voices of women in leading roles from a range of occupational and organisational settings and contexts.


Indicative list of anticipated themes

·         Women’s work & women’s space

·         Gender and identity

·         The politics of misogyny

·         Safe spaces & challenging conversations

·         Creativity and resilience in the wild edges

·         Women and the archetypes of leadership


Key Dates & Submissions

1st submission of papers to Gender in Management: An International Journal by Thursday 30th November 2017 following the submission instructions on the website. Go to  where you should be able to identify the special issue you are submitting under.

Please follow very thoroughly the Author Guidelines and include the Structured Abstract and Author Copyright declaration – instructions are at: