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ERIC Number: ED132664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-4
Pages: 16
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The Resurgence of Power in Organizational Psychology.
Levinson, Harry
The resurgence of books on power points out that the fundamental issue in leadership is power. The books also compel one to look at the management of aggression and its corollary, the management of dependency. Empirical, simplistic, circumscribed cross-sectional methods are not likely to lead to a comprehensive understanding of the leadership function. Nor are they likely to help understand and predict leadership behavior or offer a valid body of knowledge for the consultative guidance of persons in leadership roles. A series of longitudinal studies of leaders or top level executives is needed. We should have comprehensive personal data and clinical evaluation to begin with. We should delineate a range of environmental, organizational, interpersonal, and behavioral variables that can be sampled at defined intervals and in times of crisis. A consortium of psychologists working in different parts of the country, even the world, using the same design and instruments, could assemble systematic behavioral data from which we could then more adequately come to understand the interactional phenomena that govern the multiple expressions of aggression that constitute the fundamentals of the leadership role. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)