Collective Leadership and Context in Public Administration: Bridging Public Leadership Research and Leadership Studies

Sonia M. Ospina
Public Administration Review, 77 (March/April 2017), pp. 275-287.

This article challenges the view that public leadership research should maintain a separate perspective in the study of public leadership. It discusses the benefits of further embedding the public leadership research domain within leadership studies, constructing a cross-fertilization that contributes to advance both. The article maps key concerns in relational leadership theories, contrasting them with current work in the public leadership research domain and offering suggestions to close the gap. It highlights public leadership scholarship's competitive advantage to contribute to theorizing about leadership, given the importance of context for building contemporary theories of relational leadership.

Wagner Faculty