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Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice by Rakesh Khurana, Nitin Nohria

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PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIP

Jennifer A. Chatman and Jessica A. Kennedy

LEADERSHIP HAS been a central but sometimes controversial topic in organizational research (e.g., Chemers, 2000; Hogan, Curphy, and Hogan, 1994; House and Aditya, 1997; Judge and Piccolo, 2004; Khurana, 2002; Meindl, 1990). For example, reflecting a macro-OB perspective, Podolny, Khurana, and Hill-Popper observed that “for at least the past thirty years, the concept of leadership has been subject to criticism and marginalization by the dominant organizational paradigms and perspectives” (2005:1). Part of this skepticism has resulted from questions about the definition of the construct as well as whether leadership has discernible effects on individual behavior ...

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