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Power in the virtual space – Implications for VAL

  • 28 Nov 2023
  • 12:30 - 14:00 (CET)
  • Online in Zoom


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Power in the virtual space
Implications for Virtual Action Learning

presented by Ghislaine Caulat

In this session, we will explore how power dynamics in the virtual space can be different from the ones in a face-to-face, physical environment. Ghislaine will share the results of her latest research (2019 to 2021) and offer seven propositions to deal with power differently when facilitating in the virtual space. Attendees will be invited to reflect on these, based on their own experience of Virtual Action Learning (VAL) work and to identify key implications for their work as VAL facilitators. Pre-reading (approximately 15 minutes) will be a prerequisite for the session. The session itself will be focused on discussion, experience sharing and reflection.


Pre-reading will be distributed before the session (approx. 15 minutes required for reading) it is assumed that attendees have completed the pre-reading prior to the session commencing.

About Ghislaine

Ghislaine combines a rich background of experience, with 12 years of management expertise at Daimler and Beiersdorf and an impressive 20 years in Executive Education and Business Consulting. She has spent 16 of those years at Ashridge Business School, which is now a part of Hult International Business School. In 2009, she took her expertise a step further by founding her own consulting and training company focusing on Virtual Leadership.

Her research interests have revolved around Virtual Action Learning and Virtual Leadership since 2003, culminating in the publication of her second book titled "Power in the Virtual Space" in July 2022. Throughout her career, Ghislaine has collaborated with 29 global companies and organizations, including prominent names like Seco Tools, Coca-Cola, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Atlas Copco, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Deutsche Telekom, WHO, the NHS (UK), and The Cabinet Office (UK). She has made a significant impact by training or coaching over 2,900 leaders and managers from Board to Middle Management levels in Virtual Leadership and has also trained more than 100 consultants to facilitate Virtual Action Learning, in addition to over 300 consultants who have become either virtual coaches or mentors under her guidance.

Ghislaine's international experience is just as diverse, having lived and worked in eight different countries, such as Germany, the UK, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey, and is proficient in seven languages. Her academic credentials are equally impressive, with an M.A. in Humanities from the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and both an MSc and a Doctorate (D Prof) in Organizational Consulting from Middlesex University and Ashridge Business School in the UK.

For more details about Ghislaine’s clients and her work, you can visit her website at

Further reading:

"Powerful or Powerless in the Virtual Space – The Choice is yours!" by Ghislaine Caulat, published by Libri Publishing in 2022.

"Virtual Leadership. Learning to Lead Differently" by Ghislaine Caulat, published by Libri Publishing in 2012.

"Working well with power in the virtual space" by Ghislaine Caulat, in Action Learning: Research and Practice, June 2022.

"Why authenticity is most critical in the virtual space" by Ghislaine Caulat, in "Authentic Leadership" edited by Donna Ladkin and Chellie Spiller, published by Edward Edgar in 2013.

"Virtual Action Learning: A new genre for Powerful Learning" by Ghislaine Caulat, Chapter 7 of "The Future of Learning: Insights and Innovations from Executive Development" edited by Shirine Voller, Eddie Blass, Vicki Culpin, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2011.

“The Alfa Laval virtual strategy process” by Peter Bailliere and Ghislaine Caulat, in Strategic HR Review volume 9, number 6, 2010 (© Emerald Publishing).

"Virtual leadership: Rethinking virtual teams" by Ghislaine Caulat, in Ledelse i Dag (Danish Leadership Review), September - October 2010. English version.

This event will be recorded and made available to IFAL members in the Members Area of the IFAL website.

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