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Guest editorial: leadership and organizational development in Africa
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0147-0680
2017 (English)In: African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, ISSN 2040-0705, E-ISSN 2040-0713, Vol. 8, no 3, 254-261 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to preview contributions on leadership and organizational development in the African context, covered in this special issue of the African Journal of Business and Economic Studies.

Design/methodology/approach

Summaries of the underlying theoretical/conceptual and/or empirical frameworks, as well as key findings for each paper, were outlined in order to provide insights of each paper’s thematic contribution.

Findings

Paper 1 identified four basic modes of understanding organizational culture which provides a unique and expanded view on pursuing research in the field. Paper 2 found that managers use authentic and transactional leadership skills to cultivate and nurture the creativities of employees toward increased performances. Paper 3 found the interaction between authentic leaders and followers as inducing high levels of moral and ethical behaviors in followers. Paper 4 found that employee engagement and affective commitment minimize employees’ attrition, irrespective of leadership styles. Paper 5 found that, managers can enhance organizational development by creating an atmosphere for innovation development, and being involved in its implementation. Paper 6 found that leaders who are emotionally intelligent positively evoke subordinates’ citizenship behaviors. Paper 7 identified three distinct and interrelated archetypes of managerial role preferences (i.e. change agents, affective leaders, and result-oriented realists) needed by leaders in their administrative practices.

Originality/value

The papers provide new insights, in terms of thematic learning and knowledge, which add to the understanding of the contemporary Afrocentric perspective on leadership and organizational development, especially, the dialogue of management activities that promote the relational, critical and constructionist perspectives on leadership and organizational development

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 8, no 3, 254-261 p.
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Industrial Work Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65120DOI: 10.1108/AJEMS-05-2017-0098OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-65120DiVA: diva2:1133493
Available from: 2017-08-16 Created: 2017-08-16 Last updated: 2017-08-24Bibliographically approved

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