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ERIC Number: EJ927943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3736
Understanding the Effects of Leadership Development on the Creation of Organizational Culture Change: A Research Approach
Ray, Keith W.; Goppelt, Joan
International Journal of Training and Development, v15 n1 p58-75 Mar 2011
Many leadership development programs are intended to improve individual leaders' skills and abilities to perform. Methods for measuring the effect of such programs range from simple metacognitive self-report surveys to 360-degree feedback, to instrumentation of psychological phenomena. However, the outcomes of some leadership development programs are aimed at affecting larger systemic issues facing the organization. Methods for a researcher to measure and understand the linkage between a developing leader and the resulting effect on an organization are difficult because of the social complexity of that organization. Organization development practitioners can find it equally challenging to help people in the organization learn what is happening and facilitate new ways of organizing. The authors argue that methods that take a social constructionist perspective combined with social complexity theories of change are useful in promoting an understanding of the relationship between leadership development and organizational culture change. Such methods might conceive the organization as a network of conversations where systemic change emerges from the network interacting with other networks of conversation. Both researchers and practitioners can benefit from capturing emerging narratives and enlisting organizational actors in collaborative sensemaking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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