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The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

Education for Inclusive Leadership and Social Change

Dr. Colette Dumas.

This article proposes a method for preparing business students to be agents of social and cultural change in organizations. Recent critiques of higher education point to a gap between traditional curricular content and society's needs for new competencies from its employees and citizens. This article examines an ongoing change effort in one school of business to both improve student learning and address the community's unmet needs through a program of education for Inclusive Leadership and Social Change. This program draws on James McGregor Burns' theory of transforming leadership, in which both the served and the server teach each other and grow from the relationship. Using Participatory Action Research, we seek to promote social learning processes that can develop the organizational, analytical and communication skills of those engaged in the co-inquiry process. We assess the outcomes of the program beginning with a framework of anticipated educational outcomes derived from educational philosophy and the values supporting it.


Dr. Colette Dumas  (United States)
Associate Professor
Management Department Sawyer School of Management
Suffolk University

Dr. Dumas has been a professor, consultant, trainer and coach for over 15 years. She provides executive and management coaching, executive and front line team development, change management, facilitating and training for private and public organizations. Her specialty is leading change. She has published over 20 research articles in refereed journals, 4 book chapters and a book.

  • Education
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Social Change
  • Agents of Change
  • Participatory Action
  • Research
  • Co-Inquiry

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)