Time as Context: Kairos, and the Spatio-temporal “Quality” of Strategic Leadership

Torben Juul Andersen, Luca Gatti, Tim Tompson

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    This paper explores the qualitative, subjective and contingent values of the Ancient Greek concept of Kairos, and argues its utility in developing an adaptive, pragmatic, persuasive and creative model of Strategic Leadership. A kairotic model of Leadership, we argue, is more coherent with current and future approaches to Strategy and to its spatiotemporal qualities. In the following we first present the concept of Kairos and discuss its relevance to Strategic Leadership and its challenges, we then introduce current conceptualizations of Strategy and their implications for Strategic Leadership, and finally synthesize these insights and the literature to gauge implications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventAPROS/EGOS Conference: Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 9 Dec 201511 Dec 2015


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