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dc.contributor.authorSharma, Abhimanyu
dc.date.accessioned2009-03-11T05:40:34Z
dc.date.available2009-03-11T05:40:34Z
dc.date.issued2009-03-11T05:40:34Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/4115
dc.description.abstractSince the 1970s, management scholars have been captivated by the emotional and symbolic aspects of leadership, particularly charismatic leadership — a form of influence independent of tradition and formal authority. More recently, dramaturgical scholars have sought to augment orthodox understandings of charisma by examining leadership as a ‘performing art’: a ‘front stage’ social interaction between ‘actor’ (leader) and ‘audience’ (followers). Whereas existing research has examined the nature of charismatic leadership through, for example, impression management and social constructionism, this thesis suggests that dramaturgical scholars have largely neglected to demonstrate the value of the theatrical metaphor by testing, evaluating and building on extant theory through a case study leader. The thesis seeks to augment extant theory by revealing the importance of i) ‘narrative and storytelling’, and ii) the ‘stage management’ of leader performance to the audience’s attribution and maintenance of what constitutes a ‘charismatic’ leader. Accordingly, this thesis develops a narratologically informed dramaturgical framework of analysis to examine six public performance texts by a case study ‘charismatic leader’ — Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. The framework is tendered as a useful device through which narrative and storytelling, impression management, organisational outcomes, and the social construction of charismatic leadership may be further examined.en
dc.language.isoen_AUen
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dc.subjectCharismatic leadershipen
dc.subjectimpression managementen
dc.subjectdramaturgyen
dc.subjectnarrativeen
dc.subjectstorytellingen
dc.subjectSteve Jobsen
dc.subjectApple Inc.en
dc.titleDrama, Narrative and Charismatic Leadershipen
dc.title.alternativeThe Case of Steve Jobsen
dc.typeThesis, Honoursen
dc.contributor.departmentWork and Organisational Studiesen


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