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2 million funding to LUSEM researchers

Published: 2015-06-04

Three researchers within the organsiation field at LUSEM Sverre Spoelstra, Nick Butler and Helen Delaney have received a 3-year funding for research, of SEK 2 million. The funding is given by Handelsbanken and will be used for a research project starting in September. The title of the project is The life of measures: a study in the social and organizational impact of leadership psychometric instruments.

Three researchers within the organsiation field at LUSEM, Sverre Spoelstra, Nick Butler and Helen Delaney, have received a 3-year funding for research, of SEK 2 million. The funding is given by Handelsbanken and will be used for a research project starting in September. The title of the project is The life of measures: a study in the social and organizational impact of leadership psychometric instruments.
 
 
Abstract of the project below:
 
This project examines the development and use of psychometric measures in leadership studies and their impact on client organizations. Our aim therefore is to study the life of measures in the (often contrasting) domains of science and business.
 
The scientific reliability of psychometric instruments has been subject to extensive testing and critique. However, few studies have examined how psychometric instruments impact on the social, institutional and economic relations of a research community and among external actors. The project thus explores the production and consumption of leadership psychometric instruments. Empirically, we follow the life of three prominent measures in Sweden and the United States: the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ), and the Global Mindset Inventory (GMI).
 
Taking its cue from qualitative and interpretivist research, the project contributes to an understanding of ‘science in action’. We highlight the relations between academic knowledge production and leadership assessment and development in client organizations. This serves to facilitate critical reflection on leadership scholarship in terms of its conditions of production and practical use. Ultimately, the project brings to the fore questions about the nature and purpose of business school scholarship and its real-world impact beyond the confines of the academy.