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The Character to Lead: A Grounded Theory Ethnography of Character in U.S. Army Combat Leaders

Abstract After decades of dormancy, character is re-emerging as an important research topic among organizational leadership researchers in response to the need to better explain the source of certain exemplary and ethical leader performance (Hannah & Avolio, 2011; Leonard, 1997; Thompson & Riggio, 2010; Wright & Goodstein, 2007). However, efforts to operationalize character are criticized for their abstract and idealistic trait-based conceptualizations that fail to capture the reality of leadership and situational dynamics (Conger & Hollenbeck, 2010). The purpose of this study is to develop a more robust theoretical approach to character that is empirically grounded in the real life complexities of leadership. Combat provides the con... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Jennings, Peter Land (Author) / Corley, Kevin (Advisor) / Waldman, David (Advisor) / Hannah, Sean T (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Management / Organizational behavior / agency / character / ethics / extreme contexts / leadership / virtues
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 282 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Business Administration 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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