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Title: Transforming hidden conflicts into participation: The case of charismatic leadership in the Middle East
Authors: El Haddad, Pierre
Bonnet, Marc
Tabchoury, Patrick
Affiliations: Department of Business Administration 
Keywords: Action research
Charismatic leadership
Conflict management
Conflict transformation
Inspection and certification body
Middle East
Organizational development
Socio-economic intervention research
Issue Date: 2021
Part of: Journal of organizational change management
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Start page: 84
End page: 103
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to address the issues raised by hidden conflicts in a charismatic-led organization. The paper investigates the transformation from a management paradigm of quelling conflict artificially through charismatic leadership to a paradigm of negotiation that favors participation, systematicity, the multiplying of innovation sources and synchronization. The research is based on a specific approach to action research aimed at revealing the inherently masked conflictive energy, and contributing to a more sustainable, peaceful and well-performing construct. Design/methodology/approach: The framework is a specific approach to participatory action research that the authors call socio-economic intervention research. Findings: The results of the research support the proposition that while charismatic leadership quells conflict and jeopardizes the sustainability of the organization, socio-economic intervention research can help transform conflicts into cooperation in this type of organization. Originality/value: The main contributions relate to shedding light on the hazards of denying conflict in charismatic-led organizations, and the importance of systemic negotiation in transforming conflict into cooperation in the Middle Eastern cultural context.
ISSN: 09534814
DOI: 10.1108/JOCM-11-2016-0236
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Business Administration

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