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“Make haste slowly”: Augustus Caesar transforms the Roman world

Daniel J. Svyantek (The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 September 1999



The Roman Empire illustrates how change occurs in complex social systems. An analysis of: the effects of transformational leadership and transactional leadership styles in complex social systems; and the relationship between leadership style and the social context is conducted. Julius Caesar is shown to have failed to create a new method of governing Rome. Augustus Caesar, however, created the basis for the Roman Empire. Their careers show that change which is incremental and does not violate the core culture of a system is more likely to transform a social system than more radical, transformational methods.



Svyantek, D.J. (1999), "“Make haste slowly”: Augustus Caesar transforms the Roman world", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 5 No. 6, pp. 292-306.




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