The SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership

The SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership (SEV CECL) was established in July 2018 at Alba Graduate Business School thanks to the founding donation of SEV (The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises).

Its mission to advance the generation and dissemination of cutting edge knowledge about creative forms of leading in the third and fourth decades of the 21st century. Through its world-class research and stimulating dissemination, the SEV CECL aspires to be a force of excellence that will spread the values and practices of creative leadership in the Greek society and the rest of the world.

The SEV Center of Excellence holds an annual series of stimulating discussions with distinguished researchers and scholars in order to disseminate to students, executives, and the larger society cutting-edge and management-relevant knowledge about creativity and leadership. 

More on  the Lead Creatively Discussion Series

The rationale for establishing at Alba a Centre of Excellence about the interplay between creativity and leadership was threefold:

  • The growth and prosperity of business organizations and the larger society in Greece in the next two decades require the masterful transformation of mindsets, practices, and structures towards more creative and flexible ways of thinking, learning, working, and collaborating. Creative forms of leadership can play an immensely positive role towards this direction.
  • The interactive effects of globalization, the network economy, and artificial intelligence will continue to make older, low-creativity forms of executive jobs obsolete. In the next two decades, the intersection of creativity and leadership is likely to define the core work and the core professional identity of our students and alumni.
  • Since 1992, when it was founded through the joint initiative of SEV and the Hellenic Management Association, Alba’s mission has been “to educate visionary leaders of tomorrow who will act as agents of change and help shape the future business world by pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge related to the management of business organizations, while making that knowledge relevant to practitioners. Generating and disseminating knowledge represent our twin objectives.” A quarter-of-a-century later, we can best serve our ever-inspirational mission by focusing a substantial part of our research, teaching, and executive development on the interplay between creativity and leadership and its transformative impact on the work and the world of the future.

 

SOURCES OF EXCELLENCE

Since 2009 Alba has invested substantial time and effort in building world-class capabilities in the knowledge area delineated by the interplay between creativity and leadership. This effort has resulted in a rich stream of research activities, academic courses, and executive development programs that today permeate the identity and operations of the school.  Our work in this area has received international recognition of the highest caliber, including:

Research: our research in the areas of creativity and leadership has received two of the most prestigious honors in the international field of management research:

  • In 2016, the article “Creative Leadership: A Multi-Context Conceptualization” co-authored by Professor Charalampos Mainemelis was the finalist for the 2015 Best Article Award of The Academy of Management Annals, which is ranked as #1 journal in the world in the category “Management” by ISI/Thomson.
  • In 2011, the article “Stealing Fire: Creative Deviance in the Evolution of New Ideas” authored by Professor Charalampos Mainemelis was awarded the 2010 Best Article Award of The Academy of Management Review, which is ranked as #1 journal in the world in the category “Business” by ISI/Thomson.

Teaching: in 2015 ALBA was awarded the MBA Innovation Award by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the global accrediting body of MBA degrees. AMBA’s announcement stated that “The award was in recognition of the uniqueness and impact of the innovative approach of Creative Expression in Business in The Alba MBA.” The award acknowledged two components of the MBA program: the core Creativity & Innovation course (taught by Professor Mainemelis) and the capstone course Management Acts: A Theatrical Integration (taught by Professor Epitropaki in collaboration with Professors Nikolopoulou and Sanchez-Coldberg from Deree’s Frances Rich School of Fine & Performing Arts).

Overall, during an extremely adverse decade for the education, the economy, and the society in Greece, ALBA adapted boldly and proactively by creating springboards of research and teaching excellence in the areas of creativity and leadership. Founded in 2018, the SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership seeks to preserve and further build upon these sources of excellence.


BASIC RESEARCH

The SEV Center of Excellence supports the efforts of resident ALBA faculty and visiting fellows in performing world-class basic research in the areas of creativity and leadership. Our basic research output comprises books, journal articles, and conference presentations.

Books

Journal Articles


APPLIED RESEARCH

The SEV Center of Excellence supports the efforts of resident ALBA faculty and visiting fellows in conducting high quality applied research about the manifestations of creative leadership in organizations operating in Greece.

In the period 2018-2021 the Center will focus its applied research activities on the theme Blending Innovation and Tradition in Greece. The purpose of this three-year program of applied research is to explore the dual role of creative leadership in the reverent rejuvenation of tradition and the ingenuous use of a tradition as a non-imitable source of innovation. 

2018-2021 Theme: Blending Innovation and Tradition in Greece.

  •  2018-2019 cycle: Creative Leadership and the Art of Curation.


LEAD CREATIVELY: DISCUSSION SERIES

The Lead Creatively: Discussion Series, hosted by the Center’s Director, Professor Mainemelis, is designed to stimulate discussions with distinguished researchers and scholars in order to disseminate to students, executives, and the larger society cutting-edge and management-relevant knowledge about creativity and leadership.  

Upcoming workshops:  

  • January 29 | The Greek Challenge of Creative Leadership
  • February 28 | Prudence and Creativity: An Odd Pair?
  • March 22 | Creativity and Aesthetics: The Case of Michelin-starred Chefs
  • April 12 | TBA

To learn more about the 2019 workshops and register online click here 


GOVERNANCE

The governance of the SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership consists of a tripartite steering committee comprised by a representative member of SEV, the Dean of ALBA Graduate Business School, and the Director of the Center.

As of July 2018, the members of the steering committee are:

  • Mr Akis Skertsos, General Director of SEV - Hellenic Federation of Enterprises
  • Konstantinos Axarloglou, Dean and Professor of International Business and Strategy
  • Charalampos Mainemelis, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership


PEOPLE


Professor of Organizational Behavior | Director of the SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership

Dr. Charalampos (Babis) Mainemelis is Professor of Organizational Behavior. His research focuses on creativity and its relations with leadership, learning, play, time, and deviance. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Research in Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of Management Inquiry, Creativity Research Journal, and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. His research has been widely profiled in the popular press, including the Financial Times, Sunday Times, CBS, and Kathimerini. He is the recipient of Academy of Management Review's Best Article Award (2010) and Outstanding Reviewer Award (2009 and 2014), and finalist of Academy of Management Annals's Best Article Award (2015). Since 2009 he is a member of the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review. Professor Mainemelis has delivered graduate courses, executive education seminars, and public speeches in the USA, UK, South Africa, South Korea, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Greece, Portugal, France, Serbia, Netherlands, and Denmark. At Alba, his “Creativity & Innovation” course was co-awarded the 2015 MBA Innovation Award by the Association of MBAs. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Creative Education Foundation and the European Group for Organizational Studies.

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