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Volume 7 Issue 1, ECRM 2009 / Dec 2009  pp1‑116

Editor: Ann Brown, Joseph Azzopardi, Frank Bezzina

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Researching Spirituality and Meaning in the Workplace  pp1‑10

Carole Brooke, Simon Parker

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The Research Audit Trial — Enhancing Trustworthiness in Qualitative Inquiry  pp11‑24

Marian Carcary

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Using Personal and Online Repertory Grid Methods for the Development of a Luxury Brand Personality  pp25‑38

Klaus Heine

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Research Methods — a Case Example of Participant Observation  pp39‑46

Jessica Iacono, Ann Brown, Clive Holtham

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Claiming the Streets: Feminist Implications of Psychogeography as a Business Research Method  pp47‑54

Deborah Knowles

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Developing a new Perspective on Leadership Theory: From a Tree of Knowledge to a Rhizome of Contingencies  pp55‑66

Chris Mortimer

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Does the discursive formation of leadership theory hinder the development and practise of alternative leadership styles in the UK? This research question is in response to the issues summarised in the PriceWaterhouseCooper's 2008 report on Key Trends in Human Capital. Eight years into the new millennium, leadership is still at the top of the human capital agenda. Although companies invest considerable amounts of money in leadership development, the report suggests that there is limited evidence of leadership programmes delivering value for money, and that three in every ten leaders in the UK do not demonstrate essential leadership qualities. This indicates issues with the practical application of leadership research. The common denominator of all leadership research and application is the leadership theories. The theories are an easily comprehensible, continuous series of events that lead into the present of leadership, supporting all leadership research. Unquestioned assumptions support the theory framework, becoming commonly accepted truths. These suppositions include; the grounding of theory and research in reality; leadership is a fundamental component of the human condition; that social and economic progress has only been possible due to leadership, together with the unquestioned dismissal of alternative voices. Finally there is a notion that leadership theory evolves, drawing on a Darwinian event of natural selection, by evoking biological empirical science to explain a discursive structure. The research and the subject of this paper is to challenge the assumptions and framework of leadership theory through the creation of a research strategy based on Foucault's methods, creating a rhizome of contingencies rather than a progressive tree of knowledge. The paper will address definitions of the archive, archaeology and genealogy, as contextualised within the research. 


Keywords: leadership theory, Foucault, methodology, philosophy, research strategies


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Researching Organizational Culture Using the Grounded Theory Method  pp67‑74

Noel Pearse, MacDonald Kanyangale

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Challenges of Multicultural Data Collection and Analysis: Experiences From the Health Information System Research  pp75‑82

Reetta Raitoharju, Eeva Heiro, Ranjan Kini, Martin D'Cruz

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Fact‑Based Understanding of Business Survey Non‑Response  pp83‑92

Karsten Boye Rasmussen, Heiko Thimm

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Googling Companies — a Webometric Approach to Business Studies  pp93‑106

Esteban Romero-Frías

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Mixed Methodology Approach to Place Attachment and Consumption Behaviour: a Rural Town Perspective  pp107‑116

Maria Ryan

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