Good Intentions Gone Awry: Investigating a Strategically Oriented MLD Program

Magnus Larsson, Melissa Carsten, Morten Knudsen

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Research limitations/implications – The results paint a complex picture of the nuances of social identification as an outcome of MLDPs, and problematize the notion of cascading effects on subordinates within the organization. Researchers are encouraged to further examine organizational attitudes and perceptions as outcomes of MLDPs. Practical implications – Suggestions are offered regarding how practitioners can manage strategically oriented MLDPs in order to avoid identity confusion and promote strategic action. Originality/value – Strategically oriented MLDPs are increasingly popular in organizations. This study is one of the first to evaluate the theoretical mechanisms through which these programs may affect managers and problematize these effects for complex organizations
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Development
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)334-354
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Strategic orientation
  • Leadership development
  • Organizational identification
  • Organizational commitment
  • Cascading effects

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