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Dialectical Conditions. Leadership Structures as Productive Action Generators


  • Albert Martin

    () (Institute of Business Administration, University of Lueneburg)


This article introduces a model of productive leadership structures. It is based on the idea that structures should stimulate dialectical processes which activate functional and simultaneously restrict dysfunctional behavioural tendencies of the management team. The structural dialectics are part of a more comprehensive concept called "tensegrity", which, besides the dialectic part, embraces the socio-political conditions in the leadership system which enable dialectic structures to unfold their positive energy. In the second part of the article I present the results of an empirical study conceived to test some basic hypotheses of the theoretical approach.

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  • Albert Martin, 2006. "Dialectical Conditions. Leadership Structures as Productive Action Generators," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 17(4), pages 420-447.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2006_04_martin

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    1. Martin, Albert, 2008. "Individuelle oder kollektive Unternehmensführung? Die Bedeutsamkeit von Führungsteams in kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen," Schriften aus dem Institut für Mittelstandsforschung 32, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IMF).

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    Decision-making; Leadership Structures; Top Management Teams; Contradictions; Dialectics; Tensegrity; Structuration;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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