Billy Budd, The Caine Mutiny, and Fiedler's Contingency Model : an inferential analysis of leadership

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Lane Schofield Anderson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Roland H. Nelson

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to show that the characters in leadership positions (formal and informal) portrayed in Billy Budd and The Caine Mutiny performed predictably with respect to the parameters of the Fiedler Contingency Model of leadership effectiveness. Qualitative inferences concerning character motivations and actions were derived by using the Contingency Model as a baseline for analysis of various leadership behaviors. The two novels selected for this study provided realistic microcosms of bureaucratic organizations in situations which revealed both task-motivated and relationship-motivated leadership types.

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Language: English
Date: 1980
Leadership in literature
Melville, Herman, $d 1819-1891. $t Billy Budd.
Wouk, Herman, $d 1915- $t Caine mutiny

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