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Leadership and the City
Power, strategy and networks in the making of knowledge cities

ISBN 9781138339651
Published July 24, 2018 by Routledge
174 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The 21st century has been dominated by an almost compulsive race to find new pathways for city development. As cities seek to regenerate via the knowledge-based economy, now more than ever dynamic leadership is required order to navigate new and complex challenges while building community. This book is about generative leadership in knowledge city development.

Leadership and the City is rooted in a conviction that the leadership in a city is crucial in order for it to adjust strategically to major transformations and thus secure a good future for its inhabitants. The book opens a fresh view of leadership by focusing on generative leaders and their modes of leading, instead of spatial categorisations, governance structures and/or policy contents and processes. It investigates generative leadership by elaborating the modes of leadership, power and strategies in influence networks. The key points are highlighted with several empirical cases. These include Akron and Rochester (USA), Münich (Germany), Leeds (UK), Barcelona (Spain) as well as Helsinki, Tampere and Seinäjoki (Finland).

This book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners concerned with Leadership, Urban Studies and Strategic Management.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Knowledge-based development of cities 3. Governance and influence networks 4. The basic features of place leadership 5. Power and leadership 6. Generative leadership as a relay in time 7. Generative strategy 8. Did we learn something? Generative leadership, strategic intentions and emergence.

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Markku Sotarauta is professor of policy-making theories and practices in the School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland.