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The great disappearing act: difficulties in doing "leadership"

Alvesson, Mats LU and Sveningsson, Stefan LU (2003) In Leadership Quarterly 14(3). p.359-381
Abstract
We address ideas and talk about leadership in a research and development (R&D) company. The meaning that middle and senior managers ascribe to leadership is explored. We show how initial claims about leadership values and style tend to break down when managers are asked to expand on how they perceive their leadership and account for what they actually do in this respect. We raise strong doubts about leadership as a construct saying something valuable and valid about what managers do in this kind of setting. We also argue that thinking about leadership needs to take seriously the possibility of the nonexistence of leadership as a distinct phenomenon with great relevance for understanding organizations and relations in workplaces.
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Leadership Quarterly
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1048-9843
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10.1016/S1048-9843(03)00031-6
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  author       = {Alvesson, Mats and Sveningsson, Stefan},
  issn         = {1048-9843},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {359--381},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Leadership Quarterly},
  title        = {The great disappearing act: difficulties in doing "leadership"},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1048-9843(03)00031-6},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2003},
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