In this paper we argue that in order to better understand responsible leadership, or irresponsible leadership for that matter, we should explore leader cognition - the underlying ethical standpoints, the sense making processes, that is, how leaders think about the increasingly complex moral world in which they operate, what they consider responsible behaviour - and what not, but also what motivates them to engage their organization in CSR. In an empirical study we have analyzed these different aspect and in a cross-case analysis identified different mindsets of responsible leaders, which are outlined in detail in the manuscript.

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Pless, Nicola; Maak, Thomas

How leaders think about doing the right thing - Leader cognition and responsibility in a complex world

In this paper we argue that in order to better understand responsible leadership, or irresponsible leadership for that matter, we should explore leader cognition - the underlying ethical standpoints, the sense making processes, that is, how leaders think about the increasingly complex moral world in which they operate, what they consider responsible behaviour - and what not, but also what motivates them to engage their organization in CSR. In an empirical study we have analyzed these different aspect and in a cross-case analysis identified different mindsets of responsible leaders, which are outlined in detail in the manuscript.
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How leaders think about doing the right thing - Leader cognition and responsibility in a complex world
Pless, Nicola; Maak, Thomas
26th EGOS Colloquium
European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
Berlín (Germany), 28/06/2010 - 03/07/2010

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