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Complexity Leadership in a Public Sector Context: Exploring Adaptive Leadership Practices
School of Business Economics and IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2476-4411
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Organising for Sustainable Development Research Environment. Faculty of Theology and Social Sciences, VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway. (Followership and Organizational Resilience (FORE))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1989-2745
School of Business, Örebro University, Sweden.
2023 (English)In: Change Management: An International Journal, ISSN 2327-798X, E-ISSN 2327-9176, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 63-81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The public sector is becoming increasingly complex. As complexity leadership theory has been formulated in order to understand leadership in such a context, it thus seems appropriate that it should inform public leadership research. However, the applicability of complexity leadership theory and the concomitant adaptive leadership practices have thus far been underexplored empirically in a public sector context. To address this omission, this article uses a qualitative case study to exemplify how adaptive leadership practices may manifest themselves in a public sector context. The article’s findings indicate that adaptive leadership practices that reduce, rather than induce, tension within the dynamics of actors’ interactions may be a more viable route to handle challenges within a public sector context. Future research could beneficially pay greater attention to the public sector context when studying how adaptive leadership practices might manifest themselves in public sector organizations, as well as when assessing the merits of complexity leadership theory in informing public leadership.

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Common Ground Research Networks , 2023. Vol. 23, no 2, p. 63-81
Keywords [en]
Adaptive Leadership, Complexity Leadership, Public Sector, Public Sector Organizations
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Business Administration Public Administration Studies
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Followership and Organizational Resilience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-23367DOI: 10.18848/2327-798x/cgp/v23i02/63-81Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85175969095OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-23367DiVA, id: diva2:1812774
Available from: 2023-11-17 Created: 2023-11-17 Last updated: 2023-11-17Bibliographically approved

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