A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Leadership in Chaotic Environments

A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Leadership in Chaotic Environments

Şefika Şule Erçetin (Lancaster University, UK), Suay Nilhan Açikalin (Middle East Technical University, Turkey) and M. Sahin Bülbül (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2509-9.ch005
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Abstract

In this chapter, the fundamentally interconnected concepts of chaos and leadership are subjected to theoretical and functional analysis. Building on this analysis, the authors develop a multi-dimensional approach to the study of leadership in chaotic environments.
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Leadership And Chaos

Leadership and chaos can be considered fundamentally interconnected concepts. The following sections will look at some of the main ways in which the interplay between leadership and chaos has been studied.

The Simultaneous Conceptual Development of Chaos and Leadership

The mathematician and philosopher Poincaré's discovery of chaos, hidden in the heart of the Newtonian universe, was taken up by Planck in 1900 as one of the fundamental concepts of quantum theory. Later Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Louis de Brogile, Pauli, Fermi and Dirac, along with many other scientists, developed modern quantum theory. Along with the development of quantum theory came the further development of theories of chaos (Peat, 2002).

In the same period, leadership became one of the main topics of a great deal of studies in the field of management. Since the beginning of the 1900's, both theoreticians and practitioners have put significant effort into analyzing leadership. These efforts have led to more than 5,000 studies on leadership and more than 350 different definitions of the term (Erçetin, 2000,pp. 2).

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