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Leading through fear: emotion, rationality and innovation in a UK manufacturing company

Lockyer, Joan and Mccabe, Darren (2011) Leading through fear: emotion, rationality and innovation in a UK manufacturing company. European Journal of International Management, 5 (1). pp. 48-61. ISSN 1751-6757

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Abstract

Many critical and mainstream accounts of innovation present leaders and managers as rational agents who innovate to secure organisational goals such as profitability, productivity and/or control. We draw on a case study of Organisational Innovation (OI) from the UK manufacturing sector to question this assumption of instrumental rationality through exploring the dysfunctional consequences of the use of fear. Using the case study, we explore how the dominance of instrumental rationality is such that actions undertaken in its name can serve, in some circumstances, to ensnare managers and, at times, silence dissent.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of International Management
Subjects:
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 64307
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 02 May 2013 11:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 15:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/64307

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