Studying leadership-as-practice: a process perspective

Linda Buchan, Barbara Simpson

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Leadership-as-practice (LAP) is one of a suite of new theories subsumed under the term ‘collective leadership’. We develop LAP as a dynamic theory of practice by drawing on Pragmatist philosophy and the recent literature on the communicative constitution of organization (CCO). In parallel with this theoretical development, we propose a mobile methodology that takes a novel approach to shadowing situations as they emerge in practice. We illustrate the interplay between theory and method using an empirical case set in a Scottish health and social care organization as it seeks transformative change through collaborative leadership. The paper contributes an integration of theory and method for exploring the processual dynamics of LAP.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2018
Event34th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium 2018 - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 5 Jul 20187 Jul 2018


Conference34th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium 2018
Abbreviated titleEGOS Colloquium 2018


  • leadership-as-practice
  • process ontology
  • pragmatism
  • inquiry
  • shadowing
  • CCO


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