Leadership by Activity Theory and Professional Development by Social Construction

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Thomas Hansson
Title: Leadership by Activity Theory and Professional Development by Social Construction
Journal: Systemic Practice and Action Research
Year: 2002
Volume: 15
Issue: 5
Pagination: 411-436
ISSN: 1094-429X
Publisher: Kluwer
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/mam/
Language: English
Abstract: Culture and human development come together as one. Contradictions and challenges abound in the transformation of social practices of leadership and management. Globalization, organizational, and professional development bring local realities together. Research must embrace characteristic discourses in order to constitute a modified perspective to current approaches. Research must direct attention to the predominant conceptions of leaders, contexts, and relations. Leaders are “discoursed objects” capable of individual action, acting rationally in order to structure their contexts. Their ability to relate to others is an individual act and a source to progress. Good discourses displace attitudes, personal properties, and individual acts and highlight relations. One shift of attention goes from transcendental notions of truth, right, and suitability to local–historical constructions of reality. Another shift goes from reality as a singular and independent state to multiple socially constructed realities. In the processes of social construction people create individual worlds where unique relations emerge. Coordinated training and research enable different modes of relating to each other in systemic practice.
Subject: Education\General
Keywords: activity, learning, leadership, education
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