Whittington’s Leadership Book Gets It All Together


You may have missed a wonderful book that was published in August by Dr. J. Lee Whittington, a Professor of Management and a former Dean of the Satish and Yasmin College of Business at the University of Dallas.  I have known Whittington for 17 years at the university, and he succeeded me as a consultant on a project for Nokia in 2004.  He now leads the DBA program for the school.

His book, Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), fills a substantial gap in both management and religious scholarly literature.

His research has been published in The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Managerial Issues, and the Journal of Business Strategy.

This is the description of the book:  Despite increasing interest in the spiritual implications of work, employment and organizations, there has been little research linking biblically-based principles to the study of organizational practices. Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations integrates findings from contemporary research to address this gap in the literature by examining motives and spiritual leadership from a biblical perspective.  Grounded in the Christian scriptures, this book offers a unique perspective on the spirituality of leadership and organizational life. Whittington draws heavily on his scholarship within the sphere of management, spirituality and leadership, as well as the broader domains of leadership and organizational behavior. While based on a Christian perspective, the models and principles developed in this book will interest and inform scholars from all faith traditions.

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