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Centre for Governance Leadership and Global Responsibility

Exploring the theory, value and practice of globally responsible leadership and governance.

Centre for Governance Leadership and Global Responsibility

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The Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility explores why theory, value and practice of globally responsible leadership and governance are still not effectively integrated, why failures keep happening, and how we can more effectively develop responsible leadership and governance. The Centre aims to advance our thinking and understanding of global responsibility issues in today’s interconnected world and in current challenging times, facilitate dialogues and conversations across sectors, and stimulate ongoing public debates on the nature and practice of global responsibility.


  • Developing thought and practice in integrative responsible governance and leadership: we are exploring the integration of cognate concepts such as CSR business ethics, integrity, identity, reputation, responsible governance and leadership. What do these ideas look like in practice? How can they be effectively integrated through tools such as integrated reporting, the development of cultures and codes, and interagency governance?
  • Encouraging integrative professional formation and university teaching: we are exploring the dynamics of research and learning, the related attributes, virtues and skills, and how they can be integrated with professional practice
  • Establishing mutual partnerships between Higher Education, professions and business, including consultancy and shared research: we are exploring the practice of dialogue, critical, caring and creative, and how different sectors can work together to embrace the complexity of leadership and governance through the practice of independent thinking, mutual accountability and shared responsibility. This aims to bridge the false polarisation of theory and practice

  • Honorary President: Professor Mervyn King
  • Director: Dr William Sun
  • Associate Directors: Dr Fiona Robertson, Dr Adalberto Arrigoni
  • Secretary: Angela Lally 

  • Dr Adalberto Arrigoni (Centre Associate Director and leader of the Cross-subject Research on CSR research stream)
  • Dr Brian Jones (leader of the Research Ethics research stream)
  • Dr Niki Kyriakidou (leader of the Intercultural Perspectives on Leadership research stream)

  • Professor Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Chair of the King Reports on Corporate Governance in South Africa
  • Professor Abagail McWilliams, Associate Dean & Professor of Management, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Professor Roland Perez, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Montpellier I University, France
  • Professor Edward Weisband, Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Professor Thomas Clarke, Professor of Management and former Director of Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Prof Deon Rossouw, Chief Executive Officer at The Ethics Institute of South Africa, Extraordinary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Professor Christoph Stückelberger, Founder and President of Globalethics.net, Switzerland
  • Professor Robert Chia, Professor of Management at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, UK
  • Professor Wayne Visser,  Professor of Integrated Value and Chair in Sustainable Transformation at Antwerp Management School, Belgium
  • Professor André Sobczak, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Audencia Business School, France
  • Dean Fathers, Chair of National Centre for Organisational Resilience, University of Lincoln, UK
  • John North, Executive Director, The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), Belgium
  • Professor Simon Robinson, Former Centre Director, Leeds Business School, UK

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