Systemic Leadership and Communication Practice – Workshop January 23-24, 2017, London


Systemic Leadership and Communication Practice

Systemic Leadership and Communication Practice January 2017The pragmatics of systemic communication and leadership theory

January 23-24, 2017, 9:30-16:30
Elm Grove Conference Centre, Oak Suite, Roehampton Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5PH

A workshop for managers, leaders and consultants who are interested to apply post modern thinking in relation to their leadership, consultancy and organisational development work.

Most managers would agree that the complexity of their leadership challenge exceeds the simplicity of contemporary leadership theories, which offer little instructive significance to decision making. Inspired by post modern theory we take the view that leaders’ decision making can be informed by their positioning within a system, which is shaped by the leader herself and by processes of communication and coordination in the organisation.

Drawing on post modern communication theory, systemic practice and case vignettes, Christine Oliver and Martin Miksits offer concepts that embrace the complexity experienced in real leadership challenges, that make it possible for leaders to make sense of and orientate to the uniqueness of their situation, and invite ways of expanding choices for leaders to act in relation to challenges.

In this two day workshop participants will

  • appreciate communication as the ‘stuff’ that creates leadership, coordination and performance in organisations
  • understand post modern communication theory as foundational to systemic leadership approaches and the possibilities it adds over conventional communication and leadership theories
  • reflect and learn from their own practice and experience of leadership practice, for instance in relation to strategy, performance management, organisational learning and change, applying postmodern and systemic concepts
  • develop specific reflections and actions for their leadership situations in relation to relevant practice contexts

To facilitate dialogue and learning the number of participants is limited to 16.

Theoretical foundations

  • Systemic and social constructionist theory of communication (CMM)
  • Dialogic organisational development approaches
  • Critical management theory
  • Research into systemic reflexivity and organisational emergence



  • Developments in communication theory – the bridge from modern to post-modern
  • Leadership as a practice of shaping contexts and morality in communication
  • Discussion of cases and implications for leadership practice


  • Systemic approaches to real leadership situations
  • Applying systemic perspectives to the wider organisation
  • Participant related case work and reflections


Dr. Christine Oliver and Dr. Martin Miksits

Time and Venue

Elm Grove Conference Centre, Oak Suite, Roehampton Lane, Roehampton,
London, SW15 5PH, January 23-24, 2017, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Elm Grove Conference Centre

The Elm Grove Conference Centre is situated at the main campus of the University of Roehampton, just a five minute bus ride from Barnes mainline station and minutes from the A3. There are also regular bus services from Putney, Wimbledon and Hammersmith which all have underground stations direct to central London. This location is within easy reach of Heathrow airport and has a number of car parking spaces available on site.


Location Map – Elm Grove Conference Centre, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PH

Elm Grove Conference Centre - Systemic Leadership and Communication Practice - Workshop January 23-24, 2017, London



Please note that Elm Grove is a 15 minute walk from Barnes train
station or if you prefer :

  • Take a bus by exiting the station crossing over the bridge
    towards Roehampton the 72 or 265 bus stops are on the left
    of the road.
  • Alight at Roehampton University Main Entrance bus stop;
    walk up towards the traffic lights, cross over the road. The
    main gate is straight in front of you.
  • Enter through the gate and Elm Grove is in front of you and
    slightly to the left.

Alternatively, taxis are available at Barnes rail station situated in the station car park.

Nearest London Underground stations

Hammersmith (District, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City lines)

  • Then take 72 bus towards Roehampton

Putney Bridge (District line towards Wimbledon)

  • Then take the 265 bus towards Tolworth

Taxi services are available at these stations.

Travelling by car

Please contact us about parking, as there is limited availability on site.


Cost and Registration

The cost for the two day workshop is £500, for applications and payments received prior to October 31, 2016 a reduced early bird fee of £380 applies. This also includes coffee, tea, pastries and a gourmet sandwich lunch served with crisps and fresh fruit.

We are happy to advise on nearby accomodation for participants who are interested.

To register please complete the application form and send it to or fax it to +43 1 2020632-99.


Dr Martin Miksits

Dr Christine Oliver


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