PhD defence: Maria Lundberg

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Maria Lundberg has submitted her thesis entitled: Trust and self-trust in leadership identity constructions: A qualitative exploration of narrative ecology in the discursive aftermath of heroic discourse.

Fredag, 14 juni, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00

This dissertation explores the narrative construction of leadership identity, offering a broadened perspective on post-heroic leadership identity constructions approached with a critical lens. The investigation builds on an empirical inquiry based on qualitative interviews with 20 leaders and concentrates on how a dyadic coexistence of trust and self-trust in leadership language can be understood to operate as an underlying potency in leadership identity constructions. Based on an interpretative framework and building on a phenomenological and ethnomethodological perspective, the thesis offers an exploration of how leaders operate as creative bricoleurs constructing their narrative identities by drawing upon resources in a narrative ecosystem for identity construction. The discussion attempts to elucidate how trust and self-trust provide agency for post-heroic leadership mastery, replacing leadership agency associated with formal power and authority that links to traditional leadership ideas. As part of this, the text examines how the heroic and post-heroic leadership paradigms operate as competing big “D” Discourses, occurring side by side in the little “d” discursive leadership-as-talk identity context. A novel feature of this research is that it addresses the roles of trust and self-trust in narrative leadership identity constructions, in an attempt to grasp how notions about trust and self-trust play a role in the narrative fashioning of leadership identity through the use of leadership language.

Primary Supervisor:
Professor Dan Kärreman
Department of Management, Society and Communication
Copenhagen Business School

Assessment Committee:
Associate professor Eric Guthey  (Chair)
Department of Management, Society and Communication
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Laura Empson
Cass Business School

Professor Stefan Sveningsson
Department of Business Administration
Lund University

The thesis will be available from here.

The Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence in the Gallery.

Organised by The Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies
Date 14 June 2019
Time 10.00 - 12.00
Location Copenhagen Business School
Porcelænshaven 26
2000 Frederiksberg


Sidst opdateret: Communications // 08/10/2019