Research and Scholarly Interests

Current Research:

Lately, I’m integrating three research project themes that are close to my heart and mind: Values-orientation, leadership, and futures-studies. While they already provide(d) a couple of opportunities for presentations and publications, I have recently (2021) published an edited a book on

Leadership for the Future: Lessons from the Past, Current Approaches, and Insights from Futures-Studies and Foresight

(Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

First, we present leadership approaches from the past and present. Second, we critically discuss these in light of foreseeable future challenges and scenarios. Third, drawing from the field of futures studies and foresight we present and discuss concepts of leadership that are “futures ready” (see details under Publications).

My next projects are also already underway: First, by living and learning community leadership in the context of cohousing and dynamic governance (sociocracy), I’m exploring the next chapter of Leadership for the Future and I’m writing the next chapter of my life. Finally, I am using a creative non-fiction approach while exploring the journey I undertook to learn about, to experience, to engage in, and to exercise leadership. The working title for the project is:

“Learning Leadership – Memories, Dreams, and Reflections”.

Scholarly Interests:

While my broad interest in learning and teaching about the greater questions of life may never be fully satisfied, my current focus is on understanding how current challenges might inform a model of leadership for the future (and from the future). Furthermore, I am interested in understanding how fiction might support the development and expression of new formulas of leadership. Finally, I am exploring – in theory and (more importantly at this point) also in practice – how cooperative cohousing and truly participative leadership (dynamic governance/sociocracy) might contribute to sustainable communities and living in the future.

Overall, I have been trying and continue to jointly pursuing the following questions:

  • How do we lead our lives? How do we create the stories of our lives and how do we re-story our life particularly when responding to life’s challenges? How do we derive meaning from life and how do we contribute to the meaningful life of others? How do we engage in, respond to, and lead change processes on various levels?

  • What role do visions and values play in our personal and professional development? How does that play out in our life stories? How does this influence our understanding and shaping of leadership processes? What are the different options for engaging in and shaping leadership processes and organizations? What might be effective and sustainable ways of community living and decision-making?

  • How can leadership be taught, particularly to young people? How do we learn and teach us how to lead our lives? How do we learn and teach how to take a stand and make a difference? How do we learn and teach to effectively engage in leadership processes? How do we assess what we have learned and evaluate what we have taught?

  • What is the value of project management for organizations in general and for leadership processes in particular? How do leadership, ethics, and values contribute to the “success” of organizations and their projects? How can emerging leaders comprehensively and successfully engage in meaningful projects? How can we best learn and teach doing so?

Sharing what I think and do…