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    De-familiarising the ordinary: leadership development and ‘Voices’ from the margin

    Iwowo, Vanessa (2013) De-familiarising the ordinary: leadership development and ‘Voices’ from the margin. Academy of Management Proceedings 2013 , ISSN 0065-0668.

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    This paper addresses the postcolonial challenges presented to the regimes of knowledge hegemony and the universalizing orientation of Western education. In light of recent arguments that mainstream paradigms of leadership and management may be contextually inappropriate for Africa, it adopts a critical analysis of leadership development in Nigeria and suggests that global management learning interventions be held to account for the local frameworks within which they are employed. Findings from research conducted on leadership development in Nigeria are presented, and these appear to support the notion of contextual dissonance between mainstream functionalist approaches and indigenous perspectives. This paper calls for a "hearkening" to marginal voices that may have been increasingly buried in the quicksands of globalized discourses. While this is not prescribed as a perfect solution, it proposes a recourse to indigenous wisdoms that have remained woven within the fabric of the periphery. It also advances engagement with the local as an invitation to explore the intricacies of the mundane--to unearth the treasures that lie within the ordinary.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Vanessa Iwowo
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2021 11:27
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:07


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