A temporal approach to studying organizational leadership

Jesse Vullinghs, Edina Doci

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In this chapter we argue for a temporal approach to studying organizational leadership. We provide a brief review of the major leadership paradigms and assess their dynamic properties, or lack thereof. We argue that the predominant research approach is unsuitable for studying leadership as a dynamic process, which in large part can be explained by the methodological limitations of the past. The current state of the field, characterized by a proliferation of various seemingly unrelated paradigms offering theoretical insights of (often) low practical utility, necessitates a different approach. We propose a temporal approach to studying leadership, highlight underutilized research methods, offer suggestions for their application in future research, and recommend the dynamic systems approach, with emergence as a central concept: as a meta-theory to advance an integrative and dynamic leadership theory that is of both theoretical and practical relevance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Temporal Dynamics of Organizational Behavior
EditorsYannick Griep, Samantha D. Hansen
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781788974387
ISBN (Print)9781788974370
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in Business and Management series
PublisherEdward Elgar


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