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Gordon, R. D. (2008). Dispersed leadership, power and change: An empirical study using a critical management framework. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008: Managing in the Pacific Century, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

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2008 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 1503

© Copyright Raymond D. Gordon, 2008


Using a critical management framework I provide a genealogical account of a police organization's attempt to implement what senior officers in its behavioural change division described as a dispersed leadership (Bryman, 1996; Gordon, 2002) strategy. I describe the organization and provide a detailed account of the dynamics that emerge as groups and individuals who historically held positions of power found themselves reporting to one of many designated leaders. The account depicts how the organization's dispersion of leadership, while on the surface represents a new and successful endeavour, is rendered problematic by the organization's historical constitution of power.

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