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The sharp end: Real life challenges in a complex activity space

Thomas, Keith and Walker, Allan (2010) The sharp end: Real life challenges in a complex activity space. Journal of Public Affairs, 10 (3). pp. 186-199. ISSN 1479-1854

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Abstract

In this paper, the authors suggest that many forces are at play beneath the public face of organizations and that there are particular tensions when policy rhetoric enounters the organizational and leadership reality. These contextual tensions are inherent in most activity, but most evident at the sharp end of leadership, the operational end, where policies are made, values enacted and practices evidenced. The so-called 'crisis of leadership ethics' is analysed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23031, sharp end of leadership, leadership ethics, organizational behaviour, education policy, activity space, depersonalization
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2012 00:24
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 00:24
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8913
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/pa.354
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