Leadership discourses in symphony orchestras [Recurs electrònic] / Niina Koivunen

By: Koivunen, Niina.
Nordic Conference on Business Studies (17è : 2003 : Reykjavík).
Publisher: [S.l. : s.n., 2003?]Online resources: Accés al document Summary: Although often romanticized as 'artistic' organizations, symphony orchestras depend on management and leadership as much as any other organization. At the same time, musicians and managers in symphony orchestras must coexist in the same organization despite the fact that they hold very different views on leadership. This paper explores how the notion of leadership is constructed in symphony orchestras. The paper is based on my extensive study at the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra. How to study an abstract phenomenon called leadership? Traditionally, leadership research has solved the problem by studying individual leaders. Leaders have literally been the objects of study: they have been measured, interviewed, observed and analyzed in different ways. For example, in organization studies focusing on management, the data are usually collected from managers themselves (Czarniawska-Joerges, 1995:26). Subordinates seldom have their voice heard in such studies. In other words, according to this approach the fundamental idea of leadership is connected to the leader as an individual. The leader’s traits, qualifications or behavior have been under scrutiny. An alternative approach sees leadership more as a social process or interaction between the leader and other members of the organization. The focus is on the interaction process between people, not on the qualifications of the participants (Dachler and Hosking, 1995). The paper draws on discourse analysis. Discourses are born in social interaction processes when people relate to each other. Each discourse builds on a few widespread claims that are commonly shared. Many discourses can exist in an organization simultaneously. A discourse has a strong inner logic but can be contradictory in relation to other discourses. This paper shows how there are four major leadership discourses which actively shape and maintain the understanding of leadership, leaders and their actions. (Font: Autor)
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Introduction -- Relational constructionism and discourse analysis -- Leadership discourses: Leitmotif: Art against business ; A dislike of authority ; The need for heroic leadership ; Toward shared leadership -- Some conclusions: Contradicting discourses ; Discourses as processes ; Metanarrative of leadership -- References

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