Methodological Crises and Contextual Solutions:an ethnomethodologically-informed approach to understanding leadership

Iszatt-White, Marian (2011) Methodological Crises and Contextual Solutions:an ethnomethodologically-informed approach to understanding leadership. Leadership, 7 (2). pp. 121-137. ISSN 1742-7150

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The view of context as something which restricts the range of research but is not an integral part of that which is being researched is implicit in many traditional approaches to leadership theory development. Some recent approaches have sought to address this by taking a more directly situated approach to the understanding of leadership, and by paying close attention to the practical accomplishment of leadership work within a given context. It is the premise of this paper, however, that there is still much work to be done in this important aspect of leadership research, and that considering this from a specifically methodological perspective may have a contribution to make. In support of this argument, the paper adopts the ethnomethodological notion of ‘mutual elaboration’ to explore leadership practices as irreducibly events in a social order. By placing context centre stage, and explicating the practice of leadership as an inherently contextual performance, it offers a relatively untapped approach to the understanding of leadership work and suggests the value of this approach in providing a rich resource of data for the development of innovative theory.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Leadership
Additional Information: “The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Leadership, 7 (2), 2011, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2011 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Leadership page: on SAGE Journals Online:
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Development Division (MDD)
ID Code: 49622
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2011 15:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 01:38

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