The Political Perspective on Leadership Emergence Essay

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A Political Perspective on Leadership Emergence, Stability, and Change in Organizational
Author(s): John Bryson and George Kelley
Source: The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Oct., 1978), pp. 713-723
Published by: Academy of Management
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While this line of research has led to interesting or provocative results, several shortcomings are apparent. First, consideration of the political aspects of leadership is often missing. Second, connections between leadership and a broad range of relevant contextual variables usually are not made. Third, emergence, stability, and change in leadership often are not

John Bryson (Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin at Madison) is an Assistant Professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of
Public Affairs, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
George Kelley (M.L.S. - SUNY at Buffalo) teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a management consultant.
Received 7/12/77; Revised 12/8/77; Accepted 1/23/78;
Revised 3/14/78.

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