Journal article

Functionally adequate but causally idle: W(h)ither distributed leadership?

G Lakomski

Journal of Educational Administration | Published : 2008

Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this conceptual paper is to argue that leadership, including distributed leadership, is a concept of folk psychology and is more productively viewed as an emergent self-organising property of complex systems. It aims to argue the case on the basis that claims to (distributed) leadership outrun the theoretical and empirical resources distributed and other leadership theorists can offer to support them. Design/methodological approach - The paper employs contemporary scientific as well as traditional philosophical criteria in determining the knowledge claims made by distributed leadership theories. Of particular importance are the coherence theory of evidence that emplo..

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