Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice

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Scores of books and articles have been written in the popular press and mainstream marketplace about leadership: who leaders are, what they do, and why they matter. Yet in academia, there is a dearth of rigorous research, journal articles, or doctoral programs focused on leadership as a discipline. Why do top business schools espouse mission statements that promise to "educate the leaders of the future"- yet fail to give leadership its intellectual due?

The Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice seeks to bridge this disconnect. Based on the Harvard Business School Centennial Colloquium "Leadership: Advancing an Intellectual Discipline" and edited by HBS professors Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana, this volume brings together the most important scholars from fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, economics, and history to take stock of what we know about leadership and to set an agenda for future research.

More than a means of getting ahead and gaining power, leadership must be understood as a serious professional and personal responsibility. Featuring the thinking of today's most renowned scholars, the Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice will be a catalyst for elevating leadership to a higher intellectual plane - and help shape the research agenda for the next generation of leadership scholars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422138793
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 263,647
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nitin Nohria is Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the coauthor of more than ten books and numerous articles on leadership. Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and writes about the institutional and cultural constructs that shape business leadership.

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Table of Contents


Section I: The Impact of Leadership: Performance and Meaning

1. Advancing Leadership Theory & Practice
Rakesh Khurana & Nitin Nohria

2. When Does Leadership Matter? A Contingent Opportunities View of CEO Leadership?
Noam Wasserman (Harvard University), Nitin Nohria, and Bharat Anand (Harvard Business School)

3. Revisiting the Meaning of Leadership
Joel Podolny (Yale School of Management), Rakesh Khurana (Harvard Business School), and Marya Hill-Popper (Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations)

4. What Is This Thing Called Leadership?
Richard Hackman (Harvard University)

Section II: The Theory of Leadership: Personal Attributes, Functions and Relationships
Chapters that take stock of different disciplinary perspectives on leadership and articulate an agenda for future research

5. Leadership through an Organization Behavior Lens: A Look at the Last Half-Century of Research
Mary Ann Glynn and Rich DeJordy (Boston College)

6. Psychological Perspectives on Leadership
Jennifer A. Chatman and Jessica A. Kennedy (University of California, Berkeley)

7. A Clinical Approach to the Dynamics of Leadership and Executive Transformation, Manfred Kets de Vries and Elisabet Engellau (INSEAD)

8. Classical Sociological Approaches to the Study of Leadership,
Mauro F. Guillén (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

9. Economists’ Perspective on Leadership
Patrick Bolton (Columbia), Markus K. Brunnermeier (Columbia), and Laura Veldkamp (NYU)

10. An Economic Perspective on Leadership
Mark. A. Zupan (University of Rochester)

11. Leadership and History,
Walter A. Friedman (Harvard Business School)

12. Power and Leadership
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. (Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

Section III. The Variability of Leadership: What’s Core and Contingent
Chapters exploring similarities and differences in leadership across task, culture, and identity

13. Leadership and Cultural Context: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination Based on Project GLOBE,
Javidan, Mansour (Thunderbird Business School), Peter W. Dorfman (New Mexico State University), Jon Paul Howell (New Mexico State University), and Paul J. Hanges (University of Maryland)

14. Women and Leadership: Defining the Challenges,
Robin J. Ely (Harvard Business School) and Deborah L. Rhode (Stanford Law School)

15. A Contingency Theory of Leadership,
Jay Lorsch (Harvard Business School)

Section IV: The Practice of Leadership: Agency and Constraint
Chapters on the multiple facets of leadership practice

16. What is Leadership? The CEO’s Role in Large, Complex Organizations,
Michael E Porter (Harvard University) and Nitin Nohria (Harvard Business School)

17. What Makes Teams of Leaders Leadable?
Ruth Wagerman and Richard Hackman (Harvard University)

18. Decision Making as Leadership Foundation,
Michael Useem (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

19. Leading Change: Leadership, Organization, and Social Movements,
Marshall Ganz (Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

20. Leadership in a Globalizing World,
Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Harvard Business School)

21. Unlocking the Slices of Genius in Your Organization: Leading for Innovation
Linda A. Hill (Harvard Business School), Maurizio Travaglini (Architects of Group Genius), Greg Brandeau (Pixar Animation Studios), and Emily Stecker (Harvard Business School)

Section V: The Development of Leaders: Knowing, Doing, and Being
Chapters on the development of leaders

22. Identity-Based Leader Development,
Herminia Ibarra (INSEAD), Scott Snook (Harvard Business School), and Laura Guillén Ramo (INSEAD)

23. The Experience Conundrum,
Morgan W. McCall, Jr. (University of Southern California)

24. Leadership Development Interventions: Ensuring a Return on the Investment
Jay A Conger (Claremont McKenna College)

25. Pursuing Authentic Leadership Development,
Bruce J. Avolio (Gallup Leadership Institute)

26. Adult Development and Organizational Leadership
Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahley (Harvard Education School)

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