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Leadership, not leaders: On the study of leadership as practices and interactions


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  • Crevani, Lucia
  • Lindgren, Monica
  • Packendorff, Johann


Summary In this paper, we suggest a perspective within leadership research that has an analytical focus on leadership as it is practiced in daily interaction, rather than on individual leaders. We draw upon recent developments in leadership research that emphasize leadership as processes, practices and interactions in formulating basic scientific assumptions of such a perspective. The suggested perspective will enable us to gain new understandings of how leadership activities emerge in social interaction and of how institutionalized notions of leadership are brought into - and re-constructed in - these same activities. Given this reasoning, we would suggest that the empirical study of leadership should be based in a process ontology, focused on leadership practices as constructed in interactions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Scandinavian Journal of Management.

Volume (Year): 26 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 77-86

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Handle: RePEc:eee:scaman:v:26:y:2010:i:1:p:77-86

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Keywords: Distributed leadership Process ontology Interactions Social constructionism Practice Relational leadership;


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  1. Jürgen Hauber & Chantal Ruppert-Winkel, 2012. "Moving towards Energy Self-Sufficiency Based on Renewables: Comparative Case Studies on the Emergence of Regional Processes of Socio-Technical Change in Germany," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(4), pages 491-530, March.
  2. Dima, Alina Mihaela & Vasilache, Simona & Agoston, Simona & Ghinea, Valentina & Stamule, Tanase, 2011. "Leadership Challenges In Today’s Academia," MPRA Paper 35019, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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