Professor Ken Parry, a former Professor of Leadership within the Griffith Business School who passed away in February 2018, has been honoured in a Special Issue of the Journal of Management and Organisation (JMO) that is dedicated to his life and career. The May 2019 Special Issue of JMO is entitled ‘“Take Your Lead”: In Search of Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Impactful Contributions to the Future of Leadership Studies’ and features 12 articles written by some of Ken’s closest international colleagues as well as some of his former doctoral students.

Ken took on the role of the founding editor of JMO while he was at Griffith University, a post he held between 2005 and 2010. He was widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in grounded theory, which was recognised by the membership of the editorial boards of leading leadership journals: The Leadership QuarterlyLeadership, and Group and Organization Management. Even more significantly, he won the highly prestigious The Leadership Quarterly Decennial Award acknowledging the influential nature of his research on the field of leadership. He published more than 40 journal articles, most of which appeared in the highest-ranking journals in leadership, management, and human resources. His book, entitled A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Leadership, co-authored with Brad Jackson, is one of the best-selling books on leadership with more than 25,000 copies sold and has done much to bring leadership research to a broader audience.

The Special Issue was edited by Professor Brad Jackson from the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Professor Liz Fulop, Professor Emeritus from the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources and Professor Steve Kempster from the Lancaster University Management School.

The Special Issue will also be the focus of a symposium at the ANZAM 2019 conference in Cairns.

The introductory editorial essay can be accessed here.