Intellectual failure and ideological success in organization studies: the case of transformational leadership

Alvesson, Mats and Karreman, Dan (2016) Intellectual failure and ideological success in organization studies: the case of transformational leadership. Journal of Management Inquiry, 25 2: 139-152. doi:10.1177/1056492615589974


Author Alvesson, Mats
Karreman, Dan
Title Intellectual failure and ideological success in organization studies: the case of transformational leadership
Journal name Journal of Management Inquiry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-6542
1056-4926
Publication date 2016-04-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1056492615589974
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 152
Total pages 14
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article discusses the current self-confidence and apparent success—at least by market/popularity measures—of leadership studies (LS) in general and transformational leadership (TFL) in particular. An alternative interpretation is offered, suggesting that it is the ideological character of these approaches that account for their “success,” at least in quantitative terms. Their wide appeal needs to be understood against the background of the fragmentation in the field before the entrance of these much more popularly appealing, but theoretically questionable ideas which lack credible empirical support. The article concludes that the currently popular streams are strongly structured by ideology—drawing on hero and religious mythologies—and suggests some ways to reduce the ideological overtone and the resulting tendency to produce tautologies and biased results.
Keyword Leadership
Philosophy of science
Power and politics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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