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The LAMPE Theory of Organizational Leadership

Multi-Level Issues in Social Systems

ISBN: 978-0-76231-334-1, eISBN: 978-1-84950-432-4

ISSN: 1475-9144

Publication date: 18 August 2006


This chapter provides a new theory for organizational leadership in which an organization's leadership, authority, management, power, and environments (LAMPE) are made coherent and integrated. Organizations work best if their LAMPE is coherent, integrated, and operational. The chapter begins by introducing basic concepts, such as structures, processes, process frameworks, task–role matrices, interdependence uncertainty, and virtual-like organizational arrangements. The LAMPE theory is then built upon this base. Leadership is defined as the processes of initiating, enabling, implementing, and sustaining change in an organization. Authority is defined as the legal right to preempt the outcome of a decision or a process. Management is defined in term of its major processes. Power is the control of interdependence uncertainty. When 29 leadership practices are introduced, it is possible to link them to all five of LAMPE's constructs. A number of conclusions are derived, in the form of 36 propositions: 5 dealing with leadership, 5 focusing on leadership requirements matching, 4 relating to leadership effectiveness, 5 dealing with leadership capacity, 4 concerning the benefits of distributed leadership, and 13 linking LAMPE to the theory of the organizational hologram.


Mackenzie, K.D. (2006), "The LAMPE Theory of Organizational Leadership", Yammarino, F.J. and Dansereau, F. (Ed.) Multi-Level Issues in Social Systems (Research in Multi-Level Issues, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 345-428.



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