By George R. Goethals, Georgia L.J. Sorenson
During this compelling quantity, best students from different fields describe the development they've got made in constructing a normal thought of management. Led via James MacGregor Burns, Pulitzer Prize profitable writer of the vintage management (1978), they inform the tale of this highbrow enterprise and the conclusions and questions that arose from it. The early chapters describe how, with a view to speak about an integrative idea, the gang first wrestled with the character of concept in addition to uncomplicated points of the human that make management worthy and attainable. They then take on issues akin to: the various faces of strength woven into the management cloth; an important parts of workforce dynamics and the leader-follower dating; moral concerns mendacity on the middle of management; constructivist views on management, causality, and social swap; and the ancient and cultural contexts that effect and are prompted by means of management. The e-book concludes with a statement via Joanne Ciulla and an Afterword by way of James MacGregor Burns. The participants' thorough insurance of management, in addition to their method of this distinct project, might be of significant curiosity to leaders, scholars and students of management.
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That is to say, as the assembled scholars undertook the consideration of one topic after another, there emerged a consistent pattern regarding the group’s level of analysis and what it found to be important. More speciically, this particular gathering of scholars, drawn from both the humanities and the social sciences, chose to discuss the phenomenon of leadership at a rather high level of abstraction, usually in ‘macro’ terms, and with a perceptible concern for the normative consequences of the leadership relation.
From the beginning, there were supporters of both schools, and, as the ensuing chapters in this volume indicate, the group has been content to move along parallel tracks, keeping open the possibility of either, or both, options. The possibility – or probability – of conlicting analyses was manifest as soon as the decision was made to work in multiple small groups at Mount Hope. In a memorandum prior to the meeting, Burns wrote: ‘What I am more concerned about – and this is simply to get this on the agenda for the planning conference the irst day at Mt.
The scholars cited Kant, Mill, Smith, and Aristotle, and notions of homo oeconomicus, homo individualus, and homo politicus. This, in turn, led to an erudite discussion of the term ‘happiness’ as the essential mo tivation of humans, and a consideration of the conceptions of that term from the ancient Greeks through the Enlightenment. 62 When discussion turned to the dynamics of leader–follower relations, the group’s predilections again surfaced. After desultory initial conversation, atten tion, as was the group’s wont, turned to a discussion of a fundamental underlying issue.
A Quest for a General Theory of Leadership (New Horizons in Leadership Studies) by George R. Goethals, Georgia L.J. Sorenson