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Ethical and Responsible Leadership Masterclass: 13 June 2017, Exeter

With the opportunity to network with senior leaders from business, governments, healthcare, medicine, education and the not-for-profit sectors, this Masterclass focused on Ethical and Responsible Leadership will include keynote presentations as well as highly interactive workshops with leading experts in the leadership field.  We hope that you will be able to join us for this stimulating and thought-provoking event. For more details and to book your place, please visit the online store.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Welcome and Introductions

09:30-10:30 Dr Richard Kwiatkowski, Cranfield School of Management - Keynote on ethical leadership

10:30-11:00 Refreshment break

11:00-13:00 Prof Richard Owen, University of Exeter Business School -Interactive workshop on responsibility, risk-taking, precaution and knowledge limitations

13:00-14:00 Working Lunch

14:00-15:30 Prof Will Harvey, University of Exeter Business School - Responsible leadership case studies

15:30-16:00 Refreshments

16:00-17:30 Workshops on responsible leadership development with experts:

Dr Beverley Hawkins, University of Exeter Business School: Hard talk, soft skills: leadership and responsible innovation in high reliability teams

Dr Richard Kwiatkowski, Cranfield School of Management and Dr Tony Wainwright, CEDAR, University of Exeter

Keynote and workshop abstracts

Interactive session on responsible leadership under conditions of ethical uncertainty
Prof Richard Owen, University of Exeter Business School

In this session a short presentation will set the scene for a game called ‘Precaution’ that is designed to probe decision making and leadership under conditions of ignorance, uncertainty and ethical ambiguity. We will explore how leadership decisions concerning the direction and trajectory of ethically problematic, disruptive science and technology should be made when knowledge and foresight are limited and where values and views are both plural and contested. Working in groups the game aims to exploring your appetite for risk and precaution and approach to ethical decision making and responsible leadership. This interactive game, which is based on a real world, ongoing, case study, will build on the first keynote lecture and support the introduction of a framework for responsible innovation as a means of navigating areas of science, technology and innovation that are socially, politically and ethically entangled, from finance to medicine.

Responsible leadership case studies
Prof Will Harvey, University of Exeter Business School

This session will include some pre-reading case studies on organisational challenges facing leaders and how they might seek to overcome them. The reading will be circulated in advance of the masterclass. During the session, the cases will be briefly introduced before breaking-off into small groups to discuss the challenges from the cases and how leaders should respond responsibly. At the end, there will be the opportunity for small groups to feedback to everyone on their discussions and insights, and share how the cases resonate with their own challenges of leading responsibly.

Hard talk, soft skills: leadership and responsible innovation in high reliability teams
Dr Beverley Hawkins, University of Exeter Business School

This workshop develops some practical conversations around the challenges you might face in enacting responsible leadership. It suggests that 'hard' or difficult conversations are needed to develop an environment where learning from mistakes and paying attention to changing ethical circumstances can take place. But ironically, these hard conversations require so called 'soft skills' which are often difficult to justify or quantify in financial terms. The workshop introduces the context of leadership in 'High Reliability Organizations' - that is, organisations where the possibility for error and the risks associated with mistakes are high, and where routines and checks are introduced to reduce risks. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities for innovation that this environment presents - and identify a way for teams and leaders to challenge and support one another to lead responsibly.