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Action Learning: Research and Practice at Ashridge Business School

Action Learning: What are we learning across the

world? Connecting and disrupting our practices
14-16 April 2014

Announcing an International Action Learning Conference

We invite organisation development practitioners, academics, researchers, managers and leaders to join us at this stimulating, practical and reflective conference exploring, Action Learning: What are we learning across the world? Connecting and disrupting our practices. As action learning extends its reach internationally there is increasing diversity in the contexts, approaches and impacts of its application. There is much to learn from this variety. There are also new challenges to the orthodoxies and conventions of action learning associated with the original Revans legacy. The theme of this conference intends to stimulate conversations that both connect experiences across the world, whilst also being prepared to disrupt our taken-forgranted practices. With a format that combines presentations, workshops, and reflective plenary sessions, the conference team seeks to facilitate dialogue centred on two interrelated themes: 1. Action learning across the world 2. Beyond the Revans legacy/ hegemony

To propose a contribution and/or book your provisional place, please contact

Call for papers

We invite contributions to this conference which highlight and advance the adoption of varied action learning approaches, in order to exemplify the rich knowledge, opportunities, challenges and impact that action learning is having in the world. The following are sample questions and issues which contributors may wish to engage with in regards to the above themes, (this is not a definitive list and related issues will also be considered): Internationalisation of action learning Working with VIRTUE and appreciative approaches (not problems) How can we challenge current conceptions of action learning? The political, emotional, cultural and social context of action learning What can action learning do with wicked problems? Economic Crises New Economic Disorder Sustainable Economies Ethical and responsible leadership practice New spaces for teaching and learning Creativity and innovation Evaluation Virtual and networked action learning

Why attend?
The conference will interest all those concerned with personal development, organisation change and systems improvement in business, public sector, not-for-profit and community contexts. The International Action Learning: Research and Practice Conference is organised by the conference team: Kiran Trehan (University of Birmingham), Clare Rigg (Institute of Technology, Tralee), Mike Pedler (Henley Business School), Jeff Gold (Leeds Metropolitan University), Cheryl Brook (University of Portsmouth), Kath Aspinwall, Sue Pritchard (Ashridge Business School), David Coghlan (Trinity College, Dublin), Aileen Lawless (Liverpool John Moores University), and Barbara Longmore (Ashridge Business School).

Conference details
Date: 14 16 April 2014 Location: Ashridge Business School Berkhamsted Hertfordshire HP4 1NS United Kingdom. Cost: 425 (plus VAT) All in conference rate includes two nights accommodation and meals.

(This early bird rate will apply to all bookings up until 31 December 2013, rising to 475 (+VAT) thereafter).

Papers, workshops and contributions: Outlines of proposed contributions by 31 October 2013

Ashridge, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1NS, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1442 841170
Registered as Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust. Charity number 311096.

Refereed papers abstracts of 300 words Accounts of practice, workshops outlines of 200 words