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University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Management

No 2001-5: Leadership and Management Theories Revisited

Mona Toft Madsen ()
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Mona Toft Madsen: Department of Organisation and Management, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark

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

43 pages, January 1, 2001

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