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Title: Responsible leadership development in the context of deep ethics and Theory U
Authors : Hautle, Gregory Travis
Advisors / Reviewers : Schüz, Mathias
Bauer, Enrico
Extent : 113
Publisher / Ed. Institution : ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Winterthur
Issue Date: 2018
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 658.4: Executive Management
Abstract: Many scholars have pointed out that companies are struggling to succeed in a “VUCA” world – a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Global interconnectedness and an ever-increasing pace of new technological advances have many leaders blindly navigating in a highly competitive world. Companies are facing new challenges, which often cannot be solved with traditional leadership styles anymore. These harsh circumstances subsequently also influence the workforce. A toxic working environment, psychological complaints and tensions are just some stressors that might enforce unethical behavior. Additionally, rising suicide rates in the Western World imply a loss of norms and values and indicate a vacuum that searches for new answers within the conscious mind. In accordance, new approaches such as mindfulness and sustainable leadership are more and more recognized among current leaders and policy makers. One of which is Theory U by Otto Scharmer. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate how Theory U impacts leadership behavior, with regards to the triple corporate responsibility model and deep ethics. Since Theory U is a change management method the emphasis, in this instance lays on the intrinsic motivation to become an ethical leader, rather than solely being compliant with corporate standards and ethical guidelines. Theory U has become a preferred tool for many around the world and provides guidance in reaching a more spiritual approach on leadership. Thus, it is to be evaluated, whether Theory U impacts responsible leadership, ethical behavior and if it is a suitable method to cultivate the two.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Publication type: Master Thesis
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-2271
Appears in Collections:MSc International Business

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