Siinviidatu võiks huvi pakkuda kõikidele n-ö praktikausku organisatsioonihuvilistele. Siiski, tegemist on sisuka tekstiga, mis pakub lugejale nii ülevaadet seni domineerinud käsitlustest juhtimisest kui näitab tegevusteooria võimekust juhtimise mõtestamisel. Neile, kel kindel veendumus mingite juhtimispraktikate kõikjalkehtivuses, võiks siinviidatu lausa valgustust pakkuda.

Kontekstiks:

“Traditional models and theories of leadership have typically focused on the individual leader; such a leader is often depicted as a ‘heroic’ figure situated in the upper echelons of the organisational hierarchy (West et al., 2015). Recently, however, there have been calls for a much wider repertoire of leadership approaches and recognition that leadership takes place at all levels within an organisation and can be enacted by staff ‘from apex to frontline’ (Hartley and Allison, 2000: 39)” (Willocks, 2022, p. 2)

Värsked suunad juhtimisest mõtlemisel:

“Recently, a body of work known as ‘Leadership as practice’ (LAP) and ‘leadership as practice development’ (LAPD) has been developed as a useful way of thinking about leadership that is shared across organisational members as opposed to being inherent in the traits of individual leaders (Crevani et al., 2010; Kempster and Gregory, 2017; Raelin, 2011).” (Willocks, 2022, p. 2)

Levinud praktikad:

“The field of leadership studies has traditionally been concerned with the role of the individual leader, a figure often characterised as heroic and authoritarian, possessing a core set of skills, abilities and traits (Crevani et al., 2010; Parry and Kempster, 2014).” (Willocks, 2022, p. 2)

Tegevusteooria kui teooria praktikast:

“In a general sense, practice scholars are interested in people’s activity in organisations and how the notion of practice can offer insights into the ‘doing’ of various organisational phenomena. Practice-based perspectives in organisational and management arenas have developed as a result of the dualism that exists in social theory between agency and structure, for example, questions around whether social structures shape or determine human action, and to what extent agency can play a part in social development and change.” (Willocks, 2022, p. 4)

Tegevusteooria piiritlemine:

“Activity Theory is a ‘work-focussed’ theory of practice that proves constructive for looking at what people do and how they do it (Blackler et al., 2000).” (Willocks, 2022, p. 4)

Teooria võimekusest:

“Activity Theory shows how in everyday leadership work, problems, ruptures, breakdowns and clashes are the source of development and precipitate the need for new and innovative ways of collectively leading organisational activity.” (Willocks, 2022, p. 6)

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

“Activity Theory helps us to learn a great deal about the leadership that arises and how this differs from the more mainstream, trait and heroic forms of leadership. […] Activity Theory provides a powerful resource that can support practitioners and management educators in a workshop design similar to that utilised in this article.” (Willocks, 2022, p. 18)

Willocks, K. E. (2022). Making leadership as practice development visible: Learning from Activity Theory. Management Learning, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1177/13505076221105870