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Research Paper Series #4 (CBS Leadership)

Date and time

Wednesday 30. November 2022 at 12:00 to 14:30

Registration Deadline

Wednesday 30. November 2022 at 11:30


Porcelænshaven 18B, Porcelænshaven 18B, 1.154, 2000 Frederiksberg Porcelænshaven 18B
Porcelænshaven 18B, 1.154
2000 Frederiksberg

Research Paper Series #4 (CBS Leadership)

Event Description

30/11/2022, at 12:00-14:20, PH 18B, 1.154
Deadline for registration: 28/11/2022 


The Leadership Research Paper Series is a part of the CBS Leadership initiative that aims at making CBS the Nordic center for leadership knowledge, research and education – connecting academia and practitioners from both the private and the public sector. The Paper Series is a forum for junior and senior colleagues, as well as visiting and guest scholars, to present and discuss leadership research in progress from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical traditions. Presenters will receive constructive feedback from discussants and attendees with the aim of developing their papers and arguments for eventual publication. The Paper Series will also function to promote discussion and debate across CBS about leadership and leadership development.



Welcome! Lunch is served


"The Ethics of Authentic Leadership: A Heideggerian Perspective" 




Faces of Trust in Public Management and Governance"


The Ethics of Authentic Leadership: A Heideggerian Perspective

(Co-authors: Anders Klitmøller, Associate professor, Royal Danish Defence College and Cathrine Bjørnholt Michaelsen, Assistant professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy) 

The last decades have shown a growing research and practitioner interest for authentic leadership (AL). AL puts personal ethics centre stage, and it is argued that leaders can thus become both ethically responsible and attain business success. In line with a nascent stream of research raising concerns about AL’s defining assumptions, we dispute that leaders may access and leverage their ‘true selves’ and ‘core values’ and that this compound constitutes the grounds of a leadership ethics, i.e., grounds from which to lead authentically and benefit oneself and others. We draw on Heidegger’s writings on authenticity to argue that it cannot be equated with a normative set of moral principles and values that are idiosyncratic to an individual, but instead refers to a fundamental attunement to the unfounded openness of existence. On this basis, we propose an ethics-as-practice approach by which the leader practices a being ‘attuned to attunement’ and cultivates an openness and responsiveness to difference.

Presenter: Florence Villesèche, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Discussant: Sverre Spoelstra, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy


Faces of Trust in Public Management and Governance

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting crisis has turned out to be an unprecedented exposé and stress test of trust relations between, on the one hand, government and public authorities, and, on the other, citizens and civil society. Thus, it provides an occasion to revisit the notion of trust as it relates to the functions and functioning of the public sector. The chapter presented addresses the different analytical perspectives on public sector trust (outside-in, inside-out, internal) and argues that the functioning of trust in public administration and public organizations can be subsumed under four paradigmatic headings: institutional trust, economic trust, moral trust and relational trust. Overall, the chapter provides a critical conceptual take on trust as a multi-dimensional social reality that directly and indirectly, explicitly and implicitly is reflected in and affects public sector management and governance.

Presenter: Steen Vallentin, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Society and Communication

Discussant: Elisabet Skov Nielsen, Industrial PhD Fellow, Department of Organization

Nicole Ferry, Assistant Professor (Department of Management, Society and Communication) will facilitate the discussions.

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Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815

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Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815