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Understanding Leadership in Complex Systems

A Praxeological Perspective

  • Terje Andreas Tonsberg
  • Jeffrey Shawn Henderson

Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Subjective Theory of Value and Praxeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 3-4
    3. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 5-6
    4. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 7-8
    5. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 9-12
    6. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 13-14
    7. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 15-17
    8. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 19-21
  3. The Principles and Methods of Mises’ Praxeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-25
    2. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 27-40
    3. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 41-74
    4. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 75-98
    5. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 99-120
    6. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 121-123
  4. Entrepreneurship, Imitation and Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-128
    2. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 129-131
    3. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 133-135
    4. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 137-139
    5. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 141-143
    6. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 145-147
    7. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 149-151
    8. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 153-154
  5. The Human Action of Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-157
    2. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 159-165
    3. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 167-170
    4. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 171-172
    5. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 173-175
    6. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 177-179
    7. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 181-189
    8. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 191-199
    9. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 201-204
  6. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 207-210
    3. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 211-214
    4. Terje Andreas Tonsberg, Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
      Pages 215-219
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-245

About this book

Introduction

This work proposes that Carl Menger’s Subjective Theory of Value (STV), and its subsequent elaboration by Ludwig von Mises as Praxeology, provides a useful alternative to more common methods in the study of action and social phenomena, and more specifically, to leadership in complex social systems. Rather than being based on rationality assumptions and algorithmic predictability, the STV emphasizes transient subjectivity shaped by a complex world of lacking information, mistakes, disequilibrium, uncertainty and attempted error correction that defy mathematization and exact prediction. As such, it is a framework to make sense of human action systems in terms of subjective understanding, learning, and uncertainty, rather than quantitative predictability. Accordingly, the aim of this work is to explain the STV as a general theory of action and to demonstrate its capability in developing adequate qualitative theory and to elaborate on some of the major topics that its implications raise with regard to leadership. The power of the method can be seen in that its procedure naturally branches out to facilitate an understanding of a broad selection of processes and may provide the basis for a universal theory of leadership.

Keywords

leadership theory subjective theory of value managerial issues in complex systems Austrian economics Carl Menger Praxeology Ludwig von Mises

Authors and affiliations

  • Terje Andreas Tonsberg
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Shawn Henderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Petroleum Training CenterKuwait Petroleum CorporationSafatKuwait
  2. 2.Monarch Business School SwitzerlandZugSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40445-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40444-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40445-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-0832
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0840
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