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Adm. Sci. 2019, 9(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9010012

A Relational Approach to Leadership for Multi-Actor Governance

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Centre for Corporate Sustainability, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Public Administration and Policy Group, Wageningen University and Research, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Point Consulting Group, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
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Cycloop, Network for Action Research on Multi-actor Collaboration, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
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Centre for Organizational Psychology, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Received: 22 April 2018 / Revised: 22 November 2018 / Accepted: 28 January 2019 / Published: 1 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dynamics of Interorganisational Collaborative Relationships)
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Abstract

Multi-actor governance, in which a broad mix of actors collaborates to deal with complex societal problems, requires a leadership approach that can take into account the dynamic interdependencies between the involved actors. A relational approach to leadership, focusing on processes and practices, is more adequate for that purpose than approaches focusing on individuals and positions. Complexity leadership theory offers such a relational approach to leadership within organizations. In this article, we use complexity leadership theory to capture the emergent leadership processes between organizations. We focus on the characteristics of the informal relations between representatives of different organizations that enable dealing with the often-conflicting goals and values in multi-actor governance. The case of a landfill mining initiative for sustainable materials governance is used as an illustration to clarify the main concepts and arguments. View Full-Text
Keywords: relational approach; inter-organizational collaboration; multi-actor governance; complexity leadership theory; landfill mining relational approach; inter-organizational collaboration; multi-actor governance; complexity leadership theory; landfill mining
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Craps, M.; Vermeesch, I.; Dewulf, A.; Sips, K.; Termeer, K.; Bouwen, R. A Relational Approach to Leadership for Multi-Actor Governance. Adm. Sci. 2019, 9, 12.

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