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Management versus Leadership as Reflected in Selected Military Journals (1970-1985)
Master's thesis Aug 1985-Jun 1986
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This thesis determined if selected military journals emphasized a traditional style of leadership in contrast to a managerial style of leadership during the period 1970 to 1985. A content analysis of five selected military journal Parameters, Military Review, Infantry, A LOG formerly Army Logistician, and Armed Forces Journal. The results of the content analysis revealed that the advocacy of writers shifted from a high percentage of traditional leadership articles in the early portion of the analysis, 1970-1972, shifting toward an advocacy of managerial style of leadership in the 1973-1979 time period, and finally an ascendancy of traditional leadership articles during the latter portion of the study, 1980 to 1985. The research postulated that the shift in advocacy from traditional to managerial leadership emphasis during the earlier period of the study was a result of both internal and external factors. A key factor was that managerial leadership models offered some rational hold over the ambiguity evidenced by more traditional leadership models.
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