Papers

“Return to Purpose: Learning in an Age of Collapse”

Originally posted in our March 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. In his fascinating paper from the Journal Intersections, Ahmed Afzaal writes about the dynamics of higher education leadership in the face of an unstable future. While obviously beneficial within his own academic sphere, the piece illuminates common errors within many human systems. These basic assumptions are, in essence, that we can return the world to a stable “normal” and that we do not need to question…

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“The Cycle of Distrust”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. In the Edelman 2022 Trust Barometer Report, we see how globally, trust has become “the ultimate currency in the relationship that all institutions…build with their stakeholders.” Businesses lie at the intersection of public and private interests, as they hold the potential to impact the world through creating jobs, but also in myriad other ways. From climate change to the Great Resignation, businesses worldwide need to act…

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“Complexity Leadership Theory: Shifting leadership from the industrial age to the knowledge era”

Originally posted in our December 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. To close out 2021’s Top of Mind series, we thought we would highlight another system grappling with change: organizational leadership. From the largest organization to the smallest grassroots non-profit, we see a need for dynamic and adaptive leadership. Unfortunately, industrial models of schooling and working have not kept pace with the shifting markets.  Top-down, bureaucratic methods of leading have a place, but they traditionally do not…

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“Workplace Peers and Entrepreneurship”

Originally posted in our November 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. In Complexity Leadership Theory, we assume that an organization has a bureaucratic and an entrepreneurial system. But what if there isn’t a formalized system for entrepreneurship? How can leaders develop entrepreneurial skills in their teams? As suggested by a Harvard Business School working paper, one solution is to look to the previous work experience of your employees. The paper’s authors have found that who your co-workers…

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“Complexity Leadership Theory: Shifting from Human Capital to Social Capital”

Originally posted in our November 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. When we examine current Human Resource practices, we see a keen focus on competency-based, human capital initiatives. While human capital is worth developing, new research suggests we may want to emphasize another set of skills. Social capital, it seems, can have as much to do with innovation and growth in an organization as the skills of individuals. As this paper defines it, social capital is “the…

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“Entrepreneurship, Self Organization, and Eudaimonic Well-Being: A Dynamic Approach”

Originally posted in our June 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. We move onto a recent paper published by Nadav Shir and Carol D. Ryff emphasizing how entrepreneurial activity can increase our well-being. With a focus on the self-directed nature of entrepreneurship, Shir and Ryff expand on our learning from the PERMA+ Model. “[They] define self-organization in entrepreneurship as the autonomous act of organizing goals, activities, and behaviors in pursuit of a personal vision, and further as…

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“How College Contributes to Workforce Success”

As we think about how we bolster resiliency, while also acknowledging the difficult situations many of us are facing during the second year of a pandemic, it can be difficult to focus on what skills we need to develop in ourselves and our students. One important factor is to look at what employers are asking for. Given the highly unstable job market, focusing on what employers are looking for can become quite difficult, since it…

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White Paper: The Entrepreneurial Mindset Imperative

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative is proud to present our latest publication, a white paper titled The Entrepreneurial Mindset Imperative. Read the abstract for the white paper below, and follow the link to download the entire piece! “The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, from artificial intelligence, robotics, and the new “gig” economy, to global warming and mass immigration, the evidence of change is abundantly clear. And it’s all happening at lightning speed. Suddenly, the…

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“Self-efficacy”

“Perceived self-efficacy is defined as people’s beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how people feel, think, motivate themselves, and behave. Such beliefs produce these diverse effects through four major processes. They include cognitive, motivational, affective and selection processes.” This paper breaks down the above and further explores the following concepts: Sources of Self-Efficacy Beliefs Efficacy-Mediated Processes Adaptive Benefits of…

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