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Leadership & Society Forum - May 23 and 24

Paradox & Plurality
23 May 2018 to 24 May 2018

Nova School of Business and Economics organizes on May 24th the first  Leadership & Society Forum, with the theme Paradox & Plurality. This is the first annual forum as part of the partnership between the Amélia de Mello Foundation and Nova SBE established last year. 

In the eve of the event, on May 23rd, there will be an exclusive session for faculty and PhD students: 

  • 11.00 am – 12.30 pm | Auditorium 102: Informal research presentation to Faculty and PhD Students: “The state of Paradox research” (L.Putnam, L.Giustiniano & J.Schad) 
  • 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm | Esgrima Room: Optional Lunch with researchers (limited first come first serve basis).

Registration for the pre-event on May 23 is mandatory by filling in the registration form.

For further information regarding this event, please contact leadershipchair@novasbe.pt .

Presently, leaders all around the world are confronted with ambiguous solutions to different problems, creating tensions when inevitably there are no right answers.

The time has come to create tools so that paradoxes can be accepted as challenges, and pluralities can be received with creativity and tolerance.

The theme of the event, Paradoxes and Plurality, aims to respond to these and many other challenges, in an open model of sharing and interaction between academics, the corporate world, and society in general.


Linda Putnam joined the Department of Communication at Santa Barbara in August 2007. Her research on gender applied a feminist lens to rethinking organizational theories and traditional bargaining and her discourse work in organizations highlights the contradictions, paradoxes, and dialectical tensions that emerge in formal negotiations and organizing practices.  In addition, she has analyzed conflict framing in multiparty environmental disputes and labor conflicts, including the 2007-2008 Writers Guild Strike.

Luca Giustiniano is Professor of Organization Studies at the LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome, Italy) and is Director of the Centre for Research in Leadership, Innovation, and Organisation (CLIO). His research interests are focused on organisation design. His papers have appeared in the British Journal of Management, Management Learning, European Management Review, European Management Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management.

Jonathan Schad is a visiting scholar at Cass Business School (City, University of London) on a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in management studies from the University of Geneva in November 2017. His research concerns the management of competing organizational demands. He focuses on paradox theory and how organizations manage tensions between stakeholders. His work on paradox has been published in the Academy of Management Annals.