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Accessing ideas to develop leadership and organization

Glenn Rothberg (Intrepid Group, Melbourne, Australia)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 1 September 2005



To measure, group, and understand the role of ideas in the workplace.


The study carries out a cluster analysis of what managers say is happening to ideas in their workplace.


This pilot study finds that the role of ideas, their interaction, and progression across organizations and workplaces can be identified and measured. It provides a way of identifying group mindsets and a medium for understanding and addressing orthodoxy.

Research limitations/implications

The main implication is to gain a practical understanding of the role of ideas in any group's performance. The questions about ideas are widely applicable across groups. The research was also limited by its sample size.

Practical implications

By identifying how ideas are currently addressed, the approach is available for a wide range of group situations in organizations and across disciplines. It can be used to recognize, harness and improve the contribution of disparate ideas to performance and outcomes.


The article's originality is in its focus on the role of ideas in organization and society. The study highlights the role of idea interaction and progression, invaluable in integrating the development of the theory and practice of leadership, organization and management.



Rothberg, G. (2005), "Accessing ideas to develop leadership and organization", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 476-491.



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