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Is there leadership in a fluid world?: Exploring the ongoing production of direction in organizing
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. IMIT, Gothenburg, Sweden. (IEO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2294-7898
(English)In: Leadership, ISSN 1742-7150, E-ISSN 1742-7169Article in journal (Other academic) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Although the idea of leadership being a process is clearly stated in leadership definitions, most researchers focus on individuals rather than observing and studying processes. This contradiction has been highlighted by a number of scholars turning to leadership processes and practices, thereby drawing attention to the interactional and social aspects of the phenomenon. Such contributions mostly take process perspectives in which entities still play an important role. In this article, I therefore aim at contributing to leadership studies based on a process ontology by exploring one central aspect of leadership work, the production of direction, processually. I do so by building on geographer Massey’s conception of space, thus adding a spatial dimension that enables me to conceptualize direction as the development of an evolving relational configuration. In order to empirically explore such a conceptualization, two constructs are proposed: the construction of positions and the construction of issues. The reading of leadership work thus produced leads me to suggest ‘clearing for action’ as a means of conveying the spatio-temporal and constructive (reality constructing) character of leadership work.

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relational leadership, Leadership work, process ontology, space, talk and leadership, space of action, leadership practice, positions, issues, direction, positioning
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Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Organisations
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30035DOI: 10.1177/1742715015616667OAI: diva2:885562
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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