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Seductive Atmospheres: Using tools to effectuate spaces for Leadership Development

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  • Kasper Trolle Elmholdt, Aalborg University
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  • Rune Thorbjørn Clausen, VIA University College, Department of Design
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  • Mona T Madsen
This study applies an affordance lens to understand the use of management tools and how atmospheres for change and development are created and exploited. Drawing on an ethnographic case study of a consultant-facilitated change intervention among a group of research leaders at a Danish Public Hospital, this study investigates how a business game is used as a tool to effectuate episodic spaces for leadership development. The study reveals three tool affordances and discusses how they enable and constrain episodic spaces for development and further develops the notion of seductive atmospheres as an important mechanism. The article suggests that a broader understanding of the use of tools and the role of atmospheres is essential for understanding how episodic spaces for development come to work in relation to organizational change and development.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Change Management
Pages (from-to)257-280
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Leadership development, affordances, atmospheres, business games, consulting, tools

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