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What does the paradigm shift from competition to collaboration?
Note: This is a leadership course.

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This solutions discusses the concept of a paradigm in relation to leadership. Specifically, the solution discusses a shift in leadership theory from competition to collaboration.

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In order to answer this question you need, first, to understand the concept of paradigm. I am including a concise discussion of Kuhn's (1962) concept of a paradigm. These are my original thoughts on a paradigm and changes in leadership theory. None of my work below should be copied and used as your own. In order to understand my answer to your question, you need to understand my approach to a paradigm.

Kuhn (1962) describes a paradigm as a set of guidelines, beliefs, and agreed upon approaches to a specific field of scientific study. The members of the scientific field, for the most part, adhere to these agreed upon guidelines in applying and studying their paradigm. However, according to Kuhn (1962) science does not proceed down a linear path, where one discovery logically leads to the next, expanding the knowledge of the field in a cumulative manner. Rather, science is punctuated by period of calm until persistent research anomalies call into question the validity of the paradigm. As these anomalies question the validity of the paradigm, scientists resist or embrace a new paradigm. These periods of strife where scientists initially resist or embrace the new paradigm are termed scientific revolutions (Kuhn, 1962).

Members of a community of social scientists or humanists use paradigms to focus the development and articulation of their fields. For social scientists and humanists respectively, paradigms are focused on addressing societal phenomena and questions of human concern. The ...

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