Working Papers, Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
Mona Toft Madsen
Leadership and Management Theories Revisited
Abstract: The goal of this paper is to revisit and analyze key
contributions to the understanding of leadership and to discuss the
relevance of maintaining a distinct line of demarcation between leadership
and management. As a part of the discussion a role perspective that allows
for additional and/or integrated leader dimensions, including a
change-centered, will be outlined. Seemingly, a major challenge on the
substantive level is the integration of soft and hard managerial functions,
while the concepts used in presenting these should at least in transition
be able to contain a distinction between hard, soft, and general practices.
Hence a suggestion is made in the end that leadership as a broad concept
should be investigated in the future, and various sub-types of leadership
reflected by different roles should be used to clarify and concretize
managerial functions in general. It is believed that such a convergence
will be fruitful and constructive for a continuous development and practice
of management at large.
Keywords: Management; Management theory; (follow links to similar papers)
43 pages, January 1, 2001
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