Dispersed leadership: Exploring the impact of antecedent forms of power using a communicative framework

Raymond D. Gordon

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This article presents an account of a police organization's attempt to implement what senior officers described as a dispersed leadership initiative. A communicative framework is used to show how a particular historically constituted discourse is embedded in the communicative actions of those officers who participated in the study. Analysis of the effects of this discourse reveals how the organization's dispersion of leadership, although on the surface representing a new and successful endeavor, is rendered problematic by what the article terms antecedent forms of power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-287
Number of pages28
JournalManagement Communication Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


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