The decline of change management and the rise of change leadership

Mark Hughes

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Today, leadership rather than management is perceived as the key to effective performance and by association change leadership becomes the new change management. This conceptual paper revisits cultural, linguistic, historic and empirical characteristics of this perceived shift answering three academic questions. What were the cultural aspects of this shift from change management to change leadership? What were the perceived deficiencies with change management which resulted in its decline? What has been the historical path of the rise of leadership? Conclusions are drawn that the shift from management to leadership was culturally and socially constructed, rather than empirically informed and that privileging of change leadership over change management requires urgent and further critical questioning. Instead of ‘either/or’ dualisms such as management or leadership and stability or change, in the future we will embrace the complementarities of ‘both/and’ thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Annual British Academy of Management Conference
Place of PublicationPortsmouth Business School
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2015
Event29th Annual British Academy of Management Conference - Portsmouth Business School, 8-10 June 2015
Duration: 8 Sept 2015 → …


Conference29th Annual British Academy of Management Conference
Period8/09/15 → …


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