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Leadership and Traps

Chris Argyris

in Organizational Traps

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199586165
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702426 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586165.003.0004
Leadership and Traps

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This chapter addresses the question: what advice would those seeking to reduce Traps get by reading the research on leadership written by some of our most celebrated and widely read researchers and experts? It argues the advice provided by highly respected researchers is, at best, able to solve single-loop problems. The advice is inadequate to diagnosing and reducing Traps. The authors do not make such inadequacies transparent because they do not present theory-in-use methodologies that distinguish between Model I theory-in-use and defensive mindset from Model II (or its equivalent) and a productive reasoning mind-set. Without such distinctions, reducing Traps is unlikely. Given the research methods described in the chapter, the executives will not be aware that they have been bypassing important problems.

Keywords: organizational behaviour; traps; Model I theory-in-use; Model II theory-in-use; leadership; theory-in-use methodology; defensive reasoning; productive reasoning

Chapter.  7292 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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