Call for Chapters – Considering Leadership Anew: A Handbook on Alternative Leadership Theory

We are currently looking for chapter proposals, for a book to be published by Cambridge Scholars (for more information on the publisher, please, see below). The book is called Considering Leadership Anew: A Handbook on Alternative Leadership Theory, and its aim is to compile an anthology of essays, to discuss in-depth but also in friendly ways alternative (unorthodox) approaches/theories on leadership.

The idea is to produce a handbook on different and novel approaches to leadership beyond the conventional social-psychology ones (for a full blurb of the book, please, see below). If you work on leadership and know or have developed (or would like to develop or defend) an unorthodox approach to this fascinating topic, we definitely want to hear from you. In order to submit a chapter proposal please follow these guidelines:

  • Send you chapter proposal by Dec. 15th, 2018, to the editor Dr Gerardo Abreu Pederzini (email: gap20@kent.ac.uk; for full contact details, please, see below).
  • The proposal is only an extended abstract, summarizing what your chapter would be about.
  • Extended abstracts should be short (please do not exceed 500 words, including key references). For extended abstracts, any reference style would be accepted.
  • We are looking for proposals for chapters that isolate and focus on one specific unorthodox/alternative/unconventional approach to leadership (e.g., using Lacanian psychoanalysis to understand the role of desire in leadership, or the sociobiology of ant behaviour and its implications on human leadership, etc.).
  • We are not looking for original empirical manuscripts. The final chapters will be written as essays, having as premise presenting and critically discussing the selected alternative leadership approach. Thus, please prepare your extended abstract to be consistent with the latter.
  • The titles of proposed chapters should be in the form of: “Leadership and ‘X’” (e.g., “Leadership and the Unconscious Mind”).
  • We are looking for approaches from many different traditions and disciplines, including: philosophy (any tradition from classical to contemporary), sociology (any tradition, including works on leadership and revolutions), the arts (we are open to any possibility, including using literary theory or media theory to explore leadership), science (any applications of complexity, evolutionary psychology, sociobiology, or other types of non-dominant scientific approaches to leadership would be acceptable), technology (for instance leadership and artificial intelligence would be of much interest), or leadership and education (any non-traditional approaches to how to educate leaders would be highly valued). But, of course, if you can think about something different not mentioned in here, please do get in touch. We are very open to new ideas.
  • Just remember that this is not the place for chapters on dominant (positivist, functionalist) social-psychology approaches to leadership. This book is for different/unconventional approaches.
  • Please make sure that your extended abstract provides a summary of the content and structure of your potential book chapter.
  • Please also remember, when thinking about your proposal, that final book chapters are supposed to be brief, between 4,000 and 5,000 words (including everything). Final chapters are expected to be original contributions for the purposes of this edited collection.
  • Final chapters are not be necessary until April 1st, 2019, when they should be submitted in full.
  • Contributors will need to provide a signed contributor agreement before final submission. Contributors will be offered complementary e-book access to the final book.
  • The book is expected to be published around late 2019/early 2020.

About us

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is an independent academic publisher, committed to providing a forward-thinking publishing service that champions original thinking, whilst ensuring we put our authors at the heart of everything we do.

Founded by former lecturers and researchers from the University of Cambridge, we publish original academic work across a wide range of subjects in four key areas: Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS); Health Sciences (HS); Physical Sciences (PS); and Life Sciences (LS).

Over the past few years, we have published 600-700 titles per year and have over 5000 titles in our back catalogue. It is also worth noting that our publishing process is relatively quick; while the duration for this process is typically over a year among other publishers, we usually reach publication within 6 months of the final manuscript submission. Our publications are marketed worldwide and sold through international booksellers and distributors including Amazon, Blackwell, Baker & Taylor, YBP and Ingram, and are widely purchased by academic libraries. In addition, we have distribution partnerships in key geographical territories such as the USA, China, India and the Middle East.

Blurb of Considering Leadership Anew: A Handbook on Alternative Leadership Theory

For years now, leadership studies have emphasized functional social-psychology approaches that reduce leadership to a couple of traits, styles, or recipes that supposedly give us the steps to follow when leading. The latter has taught us a lot, but it is not enough to cope with the immense challenges of leading in a chaotic, intricate, complex and nonsensical world.

In this book, an anthology of essays on alternative leadership theory has been compiled, from leading authors who have been defending unorthodox approaches to leadership. The purpose is to give students, academics and researchers options in terms of leadership theory. If mainstream approaches to leadership are not enough, then why do we not look for novel and different ones? Thus, this book is an effort to develop sui generis leadership theory, by exploring leadership from novel lenses from the arts & humanities, sciences, sociology and other social sciences.


For any questions, please contact the editor Gerardo Abreu Pederzini, at gap20@kent.ac.uk, or G.D.Abreu-Pederzini@kent.ac.uk.

All book chapter proposals (i.e., extended abstracts) should be emailed to the editor by the deadline.

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