Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Paper: Applying Three Interdisciplinary Views of Leadership and Knowledge to Researching Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

Abstract:
The field of leadership studies is comprised of scholars from many fields including Sociology, Political Science and History. This diverse group of scholars has provided the field with a rich set of interdisciplinary views of leadership and knowledge.

Historically, those who research leadership in the nonprofit sector also have backgrounds in Sociology, Education, Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, and other fields. Although the field of nonprofit studies is interdisciplinary in nature, researchers in the nonprofit sector have not utilized the interdisciplinary views of leadership provided by the leadership studies field. These researchers tend to gravitate toward traditional views of leadership and focus on common perceptions of the nonprofit sector.

This paper will attempt to bridge the gap between the interdisciplinary views of leadership in the leadership field, and the traditional views of leadership in the nonprofit sector by describing three interdisciplinary views of leadership and knowledge. This paper will then describe how each of these views of leadership and knowledge can be applied to study leadership in the nonprofit sector. Furthermore, this paper will describe the common perceptions of the nonprofit sector, and show how these perceptions have an effect on how leadership is studied in the nonprofit sector.

I have been doing a lot of reading and writing in my doctoral program and as you can probably guess, I put a lot of effort into writing papers over this past year. But now I am trying to figure out whether or not I should post the papers I wrote this year on my blog. So please answer the following questions.

A. Would like a copy of my paper to read?
B. Do you think I should try to condense my paper down to look like a nice 3-5 page research report and post on my blog?
C. Should I leave my work in the academic community and not make it available on my blog?

2 comments:

Jon said...

Hi Heather,
I am very interested in reading your paper on leadership in the Nonprofit sector. I was wondering if you can email me a copy at ricki808@aol.com Thank You

Matt Smith said...

My answers: Yes, yes, and no. Thanks for your blogging! Really interesting and thought-provoking. Matt Smith, Austin, TX