Performaing leadership: towards a new research agenda in leadership studies?

Peck, Edward, Freeman, Tim, Six, Perri and Dickinson, Helen (2009) Performaing leadership: towards a new research agenda in leadership studies? Leadership, 5 (1). pp. 25-40. ISSN 1742-7150

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Abstract

The notion that leadership involves performance is not new, but there has been little detailed exploration of the implications of theories of performance for contemporary leadership practice. This article differentiates between leadership `is' performance and leadership `as 'performance as one means of investigating contemporary leadership. We suggest that this distinction allows for more sustainable accounts of the relationships between leaders, followers and the institutional settings within which they are generated and, consequently, the spaces in which there is potential for change to occur. The article argues that such insights may be made by combining ideas derived from writers on performance studies and performativity with new-institutionalist theory, the latter emphasising the crucial role of context in shaping the behaviour of leaders, so that their agency is always situated in specific settings.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 12208
Depositing User: Tim Freeman
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12208

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