PhD student Amal Ahmadi receives Best Doctoral Paper Award

21 August 2014

PhD student Amal Ahmadi receives Best Doctoral Paper Award

Amal Ahmadi, PhD Student in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour receives Best Doctoral Paper Award at the Emonet IX conference in Philadelphia.

Photo - Professor Neal Ashkanasy, University of Queensland - Australia and Amal Ahmadi

Amal Ahmadi, a current PhD Student in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour at the Henley Business School is awarded the Best Doctoral Paper Award at the Emonet IX Conference in Philadelphia on the 30-31 July 2014.

Conference

Emonet IX: Ninth International Conference on Emotions and Worklife

Fox Business School, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

30-31 July, 2014

Best Doctoral Paper Award

Paper title: A Theory on the Role of Leader Fear in the Knowing-Doing Gap of Leadership

Authors: Amal Ahmadi, Bernd Vogel, and Claire Collins

Abstract:

We take an affect-based approach to theoretically explore the knowing-doing gap of leadership, a challenge that is compelling in practice yet novel in leadership theory and research. We focus on the emotion of fear that managers may experience in the workplace, and how it may influence the transfer of their leadership knowledge into leadership action. We use Affective Events Theory as our underlying theoretical lens, drawing on emotional, cognitive and behavioural mechanisms to explain the role of fear on the widening and bridging of the knowing-doing gap of leadership. We highlight how fear and the knowing-doing gap of leadership may be influenced by and potentially impact on individual managers and their leadership contexts. From this, we develop a multidimensional theoretical framework that provides a starting point for understanding fear and the knowing-doing gap of leadership. It has implications for future research to enhance our understanding of the topic, and contributes towards existing approaches on leadership development as well as emotions and leadership. 

Keywords:

LeadershipLeadership development 

Affective Events Theory 

EmotionFear