Case Studies in Leadership using Medieval Texts

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Rhonda Knight / SAGE Publishing
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Partner with SAGE to develop your Medieval Leadership Case

Series Editors

Rhonda Knight, PhD, Coker University and Eric Litton, PhD, Coker University


SAGE Publishing continues to grow its teaching case collection, SAGE Business Cases, across the business spectrum while incorporating thought from a variety of disciplines. A Medieval Leadership collection within SAGE Business Cases will explore the idea of leadership through literature, history, philosophy, religion, and material culture. We are interested in sources from the diverse cultures of the medieval world, not merely limited to the Christian West. We also seek to represent an inclusive array of individuals and leadership scenarios in medieval societies, especially in terms of gender, social status, economic class, and occupation. 


Case studies about medieval leadership might include:

  • Portraits of effective or ineffective leadership in historical texts, such as those found in Adam of Usk, Al-Jahiz, Ailred of Rievaulx, Einhard, Froissart, and John Lydgate;

  • Examples of effective or ineffective leadership in literary texts; genres might include romances, lyrics, hagiographies, mystery plays, sagas, or exempla;

  • Extracts and analysis from the western Mirrors for Princes genre, such as Dhuoda’s Liber manualis, John of Salisbury’s Policraticus, Brunetto Latini’s, Li livres dou trésor, Gerald of Wales’ De instructione principis, the Konungs skuggsjá and the works of Christine de Pizan;

  • Extracts and analysis from Islamic Nasîhatnâme and other Near Eastern, Eastern, and African advice literature;

  • Portrayals of religious figures as advisors and leaders;

  • Uses of Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Plato, Plutarch, Socrates, Xenophon, and other ancient authors to discuss medieval leadership;

  • Examinations of effective or ineffective leadership in cloistered communities, trade or social guilds, or civic governments.


SAGE is pleased to offer case authors:

  • Double-blind peer review of your case and teaching notes

  • Freedom to include your students in the case research and writing process

  • Copyright in your name and final PDF for ease of use in your classroom

  • Payment when your case is published

  • An international audience for your work

For questions and sample cases, contact:

Rebecca Frankel 

SAGE Editor

We look for cases between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Please also include discussion questions and teaching notes. Guidelines and templates may be found at



Manuscripts will be accepted through our ScholarOne portal: