Leadership learning, power and practice in Laos: a leadership-as-practice perspective

Case, Peter, and Śliwa, Martyna (2020) Leadership learning, power and practice in Laos: a leadership-as-practice perspective. Management Learning. (In Press)

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This paper contributes to the growing body of literature developed within the leadership-as-practice (L-A-P) perspective, focussing on issues of learning and power. It draws on a co-constructed (auto)ethnographic account of an individual’s longitudinal experience of leadership in the context of an international development project in Laos. This person’s circumstances as a non-Lao speaking foreigner provided him with a unique opportunity to learn about and participate in the embodied, sociomaterial unfolding of leadership practice in an unfamiliar setting. The analysis examines: (1) what ‘leadership learning’ involves when viewed through an ‘entative soft’ L-A-P lens; and, (2) how individual attempts at exercising power and influence can be understood and represented in L-A-P terms. The study highlights that participants are not given equal scope to exercise power within the emerging, hybrid agency orienting the flow of leadership, and that one task of leadership learning at an individual level is to develop reflexive knowledge about one’s own and others’ contribution to the unfolding of leadership process. Such knowledge draws increased attention to the responsibilities commensurate with attempts to exercise influence within leadership practice.

Item ID: 62385
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7307
Keywords: leadership-as-practice, leadership learning, sociomateriality, Laos, international development, autoethnography
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2020. This Open Access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.
Funders: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Projects and Grants: Project code: ASEM/2011/075
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2020 19:40
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 100%
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