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Critical leadership studies: The case for critical performativity

Alvesson, Mats LU and Spicer, Andre (2012) In Human Relations 65(3). p.367-390
Abstract
Existing accounts of leadership are underpinned by two dominant approaches: functionalist studies, which have tried to identify correlations between variables associated with leadership; and interpretive studies, which have tried to trace out the meaning-making process associated with leadership. Eschewing these approaches, we turn to an emerging strand of literature that develops a critical approach to leadership. This literature draws our attention to the dialectics of control and resistance and the ideological aspect of leadership. However, it largely posits a negative critique of leadership. We think this is legitimate and important, but extend this agenda. We posit a performative critique of leadership that emphasizes tactics of... (More)
Existing accounts of leadership are underpinned by two dominant approaches: functionalist studies, which have tried to identify correlations between variables associated with leadership; and interpretive studies, which have tried to trace out the meaning-making process associated with leadership. Eschewing these approaches, we turn to an emerging strand of literature that develops a critical approach to leadership. This literature draws our attention to the dialectics of control and resistance and the ideological aspect of leadership. However, it largely posits a negative critique of leadership. We think this is legitimate and important, but extend this agenda. We posit a performative critique of leadership that emphasizes tactics of circumspect care, progressive pragmatism and searching for present potentialities. We use these tactics to sketch out a practice of deliberated leadership that involves collective reflection on when, what kind and if leadership is appropriate. (Less)
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performativity, leadership, deliberation, critical management studies
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Human Relations
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65
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3
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367 - 390
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0018-7267
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10.1177/0018726711430555
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English
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  title        = {Critical leadership studies: The case for critical performativity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726711430555},
  volume       = {65},
  year         = {2012},
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