Leadership studies—A Scandinavian inspired way forward?

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This paper highlights three important problems characterizing much of current leadership studies: the hegemonic ambiguity problem, the idyllic problem, and the methodological problem(s). I suggest three broad routes forward – taking the concept, the ideological aspects, and the epistemic challenges more seriously - which in various ways address, and in best case mitigate, the three problems. Recognising that this is an on-going, global debate within leadership studies with many distinguished non-Scandinavian scholars taking part, I highlight some interesting, important, and rather recent Scandinavian/Nordic voices and new thinking that in various ways bring hope and suggest possible ways forward.


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  • Economics and Business


  • Leadership , Leadership studies, Scandinavian leadership research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-111
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch