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Critical Leadership

Leader-Follower Dynamics in a Public Organization, 1st Edition

By Paul Evans, John Hassard, Paula Hyde


218 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Critical approaches to leadership studies have sought to challenge the normative position of leadership as residing solely within the formal leader and have gone as far as to undermine the traditionally held assumption of leadership as a "real" phenomenon.

The book offers a critical account of the nature of leadership and management in modern organizations. Specifically it examines the forces that affect the influence relationships between leaders and followers in public sector organizational settings and thus, how these relationships inform social influence processes. Although the book focuses on the case of a public sector organization in the UK, the findings are placed in the context of both leadership theory and research across the globe and the dissemination of 'new public management' worldwide.

By acknowledging the criticisms concerning the weaknesses of conventional or mainstream leadership study and through the adoption of a critical perspective, Critical Leadership provides a deep and rich interpretation of the empirical material on leadership, thus making an outstanding contribution to the current literature.


"Provides a comprehensive account of the literature on leadership studies" - Hartley, J., Fletcher, C. and Ungemach, C. Helen Dickinson University, Melbourne, Australia,, SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part I: Literature, Context, Methodology and Design 2. Leadership Studies 3. Organization in Context 4. Methodological Considerations Part II: Field Research: Data Illustrations and Interpretations 5. The Challenge to Leadership and the Dynamic of Ambiguity 6. The Limitations to Leadership and the Dynamic of the Environment 7. The Negotiation of Leadership and the Dynamic of Resource Acquisition 8. The Balance within Leadership and the Dynamic of Symbiosis 9. The Negotiation of Leadership and the Dynamic of Politics 10. The Agency of Followers and the Dynamic of Game Playing Part III: Discussion and Conclusions 11. Conclusions

About the Authors

Paul Evans is Lecture in Business Analysis at Manchester Business School, UK

John Hassard is Professor of Organizational Analysis at Manchester Business School, UK andis a Visiting Fellow in Management Learning at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK. His main research interests lie in the areas of organization theory and change and he is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change (2011)

Paula Hyde is Senior Lecturer in Organization Studies at Manchester Business School, UK and is co-founder of the cross-faculty Healthcare Workforce Research Network at the Institute of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Her main research interests lie in the areas of psychodynamic theory and organizational change and she is the co-editor of Culture and Climate in Health Care Organizations (2010, Palgrave Macmillan)

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture