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New Life for Old Ideas: Explaining the Widespread Adoption of a Weberian-inspired Leadership Model in Danish Municipalities

EasyChair Preprint no. 1141

31 pagesDate: June 10, 2019

Abstract

Within the last decades, there has been an increased interest in the importance of management and leadership in public sector organizations. With these new emerging management regimes old ideas such as hierarchical management and formal organization would seem to be obsolete. Yet, we see how “old” managerial ideas keep proliferating in the public sector (Grinsven, 2017: Agger and Dahl, 2015: Rosenberg Hansen and Ferlie, 2016). In this paper we engage this puzzle by investigating how and why seemingly “old school” management and leadership models are adopted by contemporary public sector organizations. In particular, we strive to explain why the hierarchical, Weberian-inspired leadership model Leadership Pipeline (Charan, Drotter & Noel, 2001), which was originally developed in the 1970´s and 1980´s, got a fast and widespread diffusion across the Danish municipalities from 2010 until 2017. Utilizing a strong mixed-methods design our findings suggest that the hierarchical leadership model gained acceptance, not only by being translated into a Danish text version and through a strong alliance between public sector managers, academia and management consultants, as shown elsewhere (Nielsen, Wæraas, & Dahl, 2019)  but the political context or public sector reforms was crucial in advancing the concept.

Keyphrases: diffusion, Leadership, Management consultants, Management ideas, mixed methods, Public sector reforms

BibTeX entry
BibTeX does not have the right entry for preprints. This is a hack for producing the correct reference:
@Booklet{EasyChair:1141,
  author = {Sarah Maria Lysdal Krøtel and Kasper Trolle Elmholdt and Jeppe Agger Nielsen},
  title = {New Life for Old Ideas: Explaining the Widespread Adoption of a Weberian-inspired Leadership Model in Danish Municipalities},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 1141},

  year = {EasyChair, 2019}}
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