Managing without Leadership: Towards a Theory of Organizational Functioning (0)

Managing without Leadership: Towards a Theory of Organizational Functioning (0)

  • ISBN-13: 9780080433523
  • Author: Gabriele Lakomski
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 2005-01-12
  • Edition: New ed.
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 168
  • $35.02
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A critical examination of leadership theories past and present, "Managing without Leadership" argues that leadership as traditionally understood does not explain organizational functioning. Bounded by empiricist assumptions and methodology, and including a narrow theory of mind as symbol processor, leadership theories are unable to support their claims about leaders and their actions. Drawing on coherentist epistemology, connectionism, and the theory of self-organizing dynamic systems, a naturalistic account of organizational functioning and organization design is explored that includes leaders as non-privileged agents in the cognitive fabric of organizational life.

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