Reflexive and critical views of leadership performance in corporate accomplishment : framework and illustration

Svensson, Göran, Wood, Greg and Mathisen, Bror Roger 2008, Reflexive and critical views of leadership performance in corporate accomplishment : framework and illustration, Journal of management development, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 879-899.

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Title Reflexive and critical views of leadership performance in corporate accomplishment : framework and illustration
Author(s) Svensson, Göran
Wood, Greg
Mathisen, Bror Roger
Journal name Journal of management development
Volume number 27
Issue number 8
Start page 879
End page 899
Total pages 21
Publisher MCB University Press
Place of publication Bradford, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0262-1711
1758-7492
Keyword(s) leadership
management styles
organizational performance
Summary Purpose – This paper intends to shed some light on the relationship between leadership performance and corporate accomplishment through the aid of complexity sciences. The objective is to describe leadership performance in corporate accomplishment using different teleological approaches.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper discusses the underlying criteria of the relationship between leadership performance and corporate accomplishment. Case illustration and narrative analogy are also provided.

Findings – The authors believe that the discussion highlights a potential downside of leadership performance in corporate accomplishment and its precision rarely highlighted in practice and literature.

Research limitations/implications – There is a reigning assumption in management practice that is based on the belief that a top-down approach of leadership performance in management and business practices is superior to the bottom-up approach. It proffers the assumed importance of strategic management issues, but neglects the knowledge, experience, competence and awareness inherent among employees at tactical and operational levels of business practices. It also proffers a mechanical view of employee performance and ignores the worth of the generation of ideas from subordinates in management and business practices that contribute to corporate achievements. Furthermore, it neglects the fact that it is not possible to know the future nor it is predictable.

Practical implications – The paper contends that the importance of top management tends to be inflated in respect to corporate achievements in the management/leadership literature. It also contends that it should be questioned as to whether the top management of corporations are largely responsible for the corporate results on which they attempt to justify their salaries and other benefits. Furthermore, the paper contends that it also should be questioned as to what extent corporate accomplishment may be derived from the performance of the top management in organizations.

Originality/value – The paper strives to contribute to the ongoing discussion of leadership performance in corporate accomplishment in various ways. The principal contributions are: a set of teleological sub-processes of leadership performance and a case illustration and narrative analogies of teleological leadership performance patterns, in respect to corporate accomplishment in management and business practices. These contributions provide theoretical and managerial ideas and insights to anticipate and avoid deficient or erroneous grounds of leadership performance evaluation in corporate accomplishment.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017211

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