Responsible Leadership: An Emergentist Perspective

Elina Meliou, Mustafa Ozbilgin, Tim Edwards

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We studied the situated nature of the emergence of responsible leadership. Drawing on an emergentist perspective (Elder-Vass, 2005, 2008; Lawson, 2012), our analysis of observational and interview data in three organizations shows how responsible leadership emerges as participants’ ‘shared concerns’, which are embedded in existing relations that give meaning to what is responsible and possible. In contrast to previous research, we show how relationality, in addition to individual moral duty, shape the emergence of responsible leadership. Our qualitative study shows how practical forms of responsible leadership emerge from four distinct types of shared and nested concerns of the study participants. We contribute to the theory on the emergence of responsible leadership by unpacking how the socio- relational context shapes leadership responsibility.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13031
Number of pages1
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Online
Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020


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