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Complexity Theory Applied to Leadership

Please assist in answering the following four questions after reading the article: "Leadership in Complex Organizations" by Russ Marion and Mary Uhl-Bien.

1. What is the main purpose of the article?

2. What key concepts guide the author(s)' reasoning?

3. What are the assumptions underlying the author(s)' reasoning?

4.What are the implications of the article's line of reasoning?


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No Key terms: leadership, complexity theory, fitness, innovation, and structure

The questions regarding this article are designed to test your reading comprehension and knowledge of the subject. The questions are designed to allow you to determine the authors reasoning for the theoretical construct of the article.

Let us start with some basics regarding the framework of the article i.e. leadership and complexity theory. Usually when the word leader and/or the phrase leadership are used people think of mythological beings or when men commanded armies or ruled countries from a throne. In the modern vernacular, leaders or leadership could connote an individual with immense persuasive power governing a corporation, i.e. Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. However, leaders come in various types and leadership can be demonstrated in many ways i.e. Mahatma Gandhi, who lead a peaceful protest in India to eliminate British rule. Subsequently, the definition of leadership and/or leader has many connotations.

For this article let's assume leadership is defined by one person having the ability to persuade her followers and direct their actions.

The complexity theory is a little more complicated to explain however, I will make it simple to understand. There are four standard qualifications for a system ...

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