University of Hertfordshire

Followers as leaders: exploring the follower-leader dynamics in a business project with students co-investigators

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Studying Leadership Conference
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2016


The aim of this paper is to make sense of our experience of a commercial project for a charitable organisation, delivered with students as co-investigators, finding the most reality-congruent theoretical perspective. Using abductive reasoning, we sought to find a theory that provided us best explanation of our practice. Reflecting on the narrative of our experience, we review various strands of leadership scholarship, separating the vast literature (for convenience and brevity) into three strands: conventional, critical and complexity. Paying particular attention to the emergence of power relations between us, the lecturers, the client, and our co-investigators, the students. Reflecting on our narrative, we gained several insights which we share in this paper, in hope that others will find our insights resonating with their experiences.

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