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Challenging conventional leadership

Challenging conventional leadership

 
Write a 15- to 20-page literature review that captures relevant theories and empirical research leading to a significant research topic, problem and research question(s). Approach your topic as though you were arguing for funding that might support a vital new step in understanding alternatives to conventional leadership. While you do not have to actually design a study to the point of specifying research measures ofleadership and organizational behaviors or specify samples, try to evolve your thinking to the point of framing a relevant research topic, problem and question(s) on which your proposed research would be focused. This question should be complete enough to suggest why the answers further develop an important theory, address a gap in a current model of leadership, or demonstrate an immediate application for solving common organizational problems. Rather than attempting to include as many references as possible, try to emphasize the logical coherence of your evidence of conceptual foundations. Build a rhetorical argument for why your research problem and question(s) are important. An obvious extension of your paper would be to use it as a springboard for a dissertation proposal. Your paper could also be useful for potential use in the development of Chapter 2 of your proposal/dissertation.
Your literature review paper should include the following elements:
• Adherence to APA format (6th edition), which requires a title page, an abstract, a reference list, and appropriate sections and their headings.
• A thorough review of the literature that shows evidence of a potential research opportunity/gap.
• Presentation of a clearly defined gap in the research, with a focus on what has and has not been discussed in the academic literature.
• The definition of a viable topic for dissertation research (using the aforementioned identified gap as a basis).
• A draft problem statement included in your conclusion section.
• At least one research question that is demonstrably linked to your problem statement. You do not need to address any hypotheses or design considerations and should include this question in your conclusion section.

Reference

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• Korten, D. C. (2006). The great turning: From empire to Earth community. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

This book explores the negative effects of corporate power on society and challenges the state of conventional models of economics and power distribution. The author offers strategies for individuals to move away from “empire” and toward “Earth community.”
Optional Resources

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• Bruyn, S. T. (2005). A civil republic: Beyond capitalism and nationalism. Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.
• Elkington, J. (1999). Cannibals with forks: The triple bottom line of 21st century business. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society.
• Korten, D. C. (2001). When corporations rule the world (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
• Korten, D. C. (2000). The post-corporate world: Life after capitalism. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
• Worldwatch Institute. (2011). State of the world. Retrieved from http://www.worldwatch.org/bookstore/state-of-the-world.

Media
• The Big Picture with David Brancaccio

In this interview, David Korten discusses the current state of the economy and offers strategies to rebuild local economies.

Required Resources
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• Wright, E. O. (2010). Envisioning real utopias. London, England: Verso.

This book explores social theory and provides alternatives to the current capitalist structure of the world today.
Optional Resources
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• Abrams, J. (2008). Companies we keep: Employee ownership and the business of community and place. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green.
• Hawken, P. (2007). Blessed unrest: How the largest social movement in history is restoring grace, justice, and beauty to the world. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
• Semler, R. (1993). Maverick: The success story behind the world’s most unusual workplace. New York, NY: Warner Books.
• Spanno, C. (Ed.). (2008). Real utopia: Participatory society for the 21st century. Oakland, CA: AK Press.
Articles
• Banai, M., Nirenberg, J., & Menachem, M. (2000). Leadership in self-managing organizations: Orpheus and a date plantation. Journal of Leadership Studies, 7(3), 3–17. Retrieved from SAGE Journals Online.
• Semler, R. (1989). Managing without managers: How one unorthodox company makes money by avoiding decisions, rules, and executive authority. Harvard Business Review, 67(5), 76–84. Retrieved from Business Source Complete.
Other Articles
• Adler, P. S., Forbes, L. C., & Willmott, H. (2007). Critical management studies. The Academy of Management Annals, 1, 119–179. Retrieved from Business Source Complete.

This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of critical management studies (CMS). It explores common themes of CMS as well as the progression of the movement and motivating factors for implementing the theory.
• Baker, D. P., Thorne, S., Gamson, D., & Blair, C. (2006, August 11).Cognition, culture, and institutions: Affinities within the social construction of reality. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada.
This paper explores the social construction of reality (SCR) paradigm, including the history, growth, and key elements of the paradigm.
• Harvey, M., & Buckley, M. R. (2002). Assessing the ” conventional wisdoms” of management for the 21st century organization. Organizational Dynamics, 30(4), 368-378. Retrieved from Science Direct.

This article discusses the usefulness of both conventional management theories and emerging management techniques. It addresses important factors of management, including time, globalization, and technology.
• Parmar, B. L., Freeman, R. E, Harrison, J. S., Wicks, A. C., de Colle, S., & Purnell, L. (2010). Stakeholder theory: The state of the art [Abstract]. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://www.esade.edu/itemsweb/content/produccion/4004901.pdf

This article explores the major uses of stakeholder theory across a variety of business disciplines, including accounting and marketing. It also discusses the future of stakeholder theory

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