Thursday, October 20, 2016

Leading through conflict: into the fray, ed. by Dejun Tony Kong and Donelson R. Forsyth. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 217p bibl index afp ISBN 9781137566768, $120.00; ISBN 9781137566782 ebook, contact publisher for price.

 Reviewed in Choice Magazine

  Collections of essays gleaned from scholarly conferences are usually a mixed bag. Good collections offer something new or support a common theme with high-quality essays. Overall, this is very good collection on organizational leadership and conflict. The excellent introduction explains the overall theme of organizational conflict and summarizes the nine well-crafted essays. Most combine theoretical concerns (systems theory, ethics, emotion, restraint, and forgiveness) with practical applications, especially conflict within and among various kinds of organizations (business, academic, and police organizations). The topic has great interdisciplinary potential. However, the majority of the authors are social scientists associated with organizational leadership programs. There are no references to state-of-the-art evolutionary leadership theory or ethical leadership theory. Nevertheless, this is a worthwhile, albeit expensive, acquisition for organizational leadership scholars and for academic libraries that serve graduate programs in organizational leadership. Not recommended for undergraduate or public libraries.

--R. F. White, Mount St. Joseph University

Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty.

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