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Changing preoccupations of India's business leaders: Creativity, innovation and environment leadership

Changing preoccupations of India's business leaders: Creativity, innovation and environment leadership

Coulson-Thomas, Colin (2018) Changing preoccupations of India's business leaders: Creativity, innovation and environment leadership. In: Aston-India Centre for Applied Research, 2nd Research Conference, 2018, 31st August - 1st September 2018, Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

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The Indian registered “Institute of Directors” (IOD India) is a non-profit apex organisation focused upon building better boards. It has been in existence for over 25 years and certain of its international conventions, conferences and congresses have been running since its early years. Attendance at these annual events on corporate social responsibility; leadership, business excellence and innovation; environment management; corporate governance and sustainability; and risk management can exceed 500 delegates. Recommendations are produced at the end of each event and summary proceedings are published in the next available issue of the institute's journal Director Today. An analysis of event agendas and conference reports and the author’s participant observer experience as a speaker at 50 IOD India events and as author of event theme papers in recent years, suggest certain trends and a direction of travel. Over time, the agendas of what used to be a series of discrete events have become more integrated, with areas of overlap. Increasingly, the outputs of each event now often become inputs into one, two or more of the other events.

In recent years, greater awareness of the extent to which issues are interdependent and the value of collaboration has been evident. There have been consistent calls for boards to act to restore trust and recognise their responsibilities to a wider range of stakeholder interests. There has also been growing recognition that more than incremental change is required. This is evident in the evolution of the name of one event, with the term “quality” giving way to “business excellence” and with “innovation” now added. Disruptive and digital technologies and new business models now feature in the agendas for multiple events, whose themes now include references to “transformational leadership” and new paradigms. This paper explores the implications of transformational leadership and the requirement for innovation in relation to the environment and sustainability. It draws upon points made at recent IOD India events and identifies questions raised for directors and boards.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper delivered pm 31st August 2018 at Aston Business School's conference centre
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business Leaders Preoccupations, Institute of Directors, Creativity, Innovation, Environment Management, Transformational Leadership, The Environment and Sustainability, Climate Change and the Environment, Responsibility for Transformation and Change, Location of Understanding, Departmentalism and Directorial Qualities, Boards and Innovation, Role of Innovation, Questioning Innovation, Deciding when and where to innovate, Involving stakeholders, Changing perspectives and priorities, Importance of openness and diversity, Encouraging greater diversity, Diversity of thinking, Assimilation of diversity, Helps and hinders, Boards and creativity, Fostering creativity and innovation, Establishing creative environments, Innovation and employment, Flexibility and the future
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Leadership & Organisational Behaviour Research Group (LOB)
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 11:53

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