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Transformation of Local Leadership— Narratives on changed Interaction

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This article investigates the transformation of local government leadership as a change in interaction. Traditional interaction patterns are challenged by the increasing complexity of governance relations. The empirical analysis is based on biographical narratives of very experienced (born in 1945-1950) Finnish municipal chief executive officers. The narratives form a rich set of interpretations about the changes that have occurred in the role of municipalities during the last four decades. According to the narratives, both the quantity and quality of interaction have changed markedly: interaction is needed at numerous surfaces, but the quality of interaction is undergoing alteration. The current trend of instant interaction requires more situational awareness, social skills and quicker responses.

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Haveri, A. , Airaksinen, J. and Paananen, H. (2015) Transformation of Local Leadership— Narratives on changed Interaction. Open Journal of Leadership, 4, 117-128. doi: 10.4236/ojl.2015.44011.

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