Department of Organization

PhD fellow

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My research focus is Leadership Studies, in particular the emerging sub-discipline of Leadership Development Studies. I analyse personal leadership training (within Master of Public Governance) from the perspective of the Communicative Constitution of Organisation (CCO), developed by James R. Taylor, François Cooren, Gail Fairhurst and others. This so-called Montreal School conceive of organising as the intersection of the here and now of conversation with the then and there of texts. Empirically, Leadership Development covers empirically what HR departments and consultancies have been doing with the management cadres in terms of training, testing, forming etc. Lately also covering parts of Management Education as carried out by universities and business schools.

My findings so far indicate that we should devote more attention to the texts and technologies that ‘surround’ the leaders undertaking Leadership Development and how these contribute to making up the leader – and the instructor. Further, when analysing naturally occurring events as I do, the messiness and complexity of Leadership Development is foregrounded which should lead us to avoid all too simplistic and instrumental conceptions of (how to do) Leadership Development.

I am a member of the Leadership in the Public Sector research group at IOA and I am Academic Coordinator of Personal Leadership at Master of Public Governance. Apart from my research, I serve as Senior Advisor to the Vice Dean of Executive Education at CBS, facilitating the development of new executive programs, blended learning, teaching excellence etc.

Primary research areas

Leadership Studies

Leadership Development and Executive Management Education

HR Management

Communication and conversations

Curriculum Vitae
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Personligt Udviklingsforløb (Personal Leadership Course) at Master of Public Governance, MPG.

Leadership Theory and Practice, Executive MBA & Flexible MBA (winter 2017)

Mastermodul i Ledelse, MLL, Region Hovedstaden, at MPG.


Leadership and Leadership Development, BA & Master

Organisation and Communication, BA & Master

Strategy, BA & Master

Selected publications

Meier, F. (2017, June) The performativity of the personality test: Possible selves in executive Leadership Development coaching. Paper presented at the 33th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium, CBS, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Meier, F, Rasmussen, M, Madsen, H. B. (2017) Uddannelse til en accelereret samtid - nye ideer, ny læring. Ledernes Tænketank, Lederne, København. [link]

Meier, F. (2016, June) On the Performativity of Management Education: Multiple Identities at Play in an Executive Leadership Development Course. Paper presented at the 32th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium, Naples, Italy.

Meier, F., Kjærgaard, A., Tangkjær C. (2016, June) Experiments as liminal learning spaces in Leadership Development: Threshold concepts as catalysts or inhibitors of transformation in the education of professional practitioners. Paper presented at the 32th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium, Naples, Italy and at 20th International Research Society on Public Management Conference, Hong Kong.

Meier, F. (2014, December) Peer-to-peer ethnographies in an executive master leadership development course. Paper presented at the 13th International Studying Leadership Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Meier, F., Tangkjær C. (2013, August) Personal Leadership Development within Master of Public Governance: Imaginary Interventions? Paper presented at the 22 Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Publications sorted by:
Frank Meier; Roderick Walker / The Role of Texts in Leadership Development
In: Proceedings of the 2018 Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) UnconferenceRobina : RMLE 2018, p. 27-28
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Annemette Kjærgaard; Frank Meier; Christian Tangkjær / Experiments as Liminal Learning Spaces in Leadership Development : Threshold Concepts as Catalysts or Inhibitors of Transformation in the Education of Professional Practitioners.
Paper presented at The 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, 2016
Paper > peer review
Frank Meier; Annemette Kjærgaard; Christian Tangkjær / Master of Public Governance (MPG) Students Doing Leadership Experiments in Their Own Praxis : What Socio-spatial Spaces Made Available in the MPG Leadership Course May Enable Which Experiments?.
Paper presented at The 20th Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2016, 2016
Paper > peer review
Annemette Kjærgaard; Frank Meier; Christian Tangkjær / Experiments in Leadership Development and the Power of Performativity in Socio-Spatial Spaces : What's Wrong With Our Experimental Pedagogy.
Paper presented at Copenhagen Forum Workshop 2015, 2015
Paper > peer review
Frank Meier; Christian Tangkjær / Personal Leadership Development within Master of Public Governance : Imaginary Interventions?.
In: The 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference ProceedingsReykjavik : Nordic Academy of Management (NAM) 2013 (Nordic Academy of Management Conference Proceedings)
Article in proceedings > peer review