Citation Burnes B, Hughes M & By RT (2018) Reimagining Organisational Change Leadership. Leadership, 14 (2), pp. 141-158. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742715016662188
Abstract Reimagining organisational change leadership orthodoxy requires revisiting theseminal work of Kurt Lewin and James M. Burns. Being the 20thcentury mostinfluential organisational change and leadership scholars, both radicallyreimagined their respective fields. However, often misinterpreted, misunderstoodand even misrepresented, their true recommendations were largely ignored. In thisarticle we discuss why this is so. Despite three decades of transformation andorganisational change leadership discourse, leadership is still in crisis. Workingtowards an alternative to the current orthodoxy, we reimagine organisationalchange leadership as a utilitarian consequentialist process.
Keywords Leadership; Followership; Ethics; Utilitarian consequentialist approach; Kurt Lewin; James M. Burns; Organisational change