Constructing leadership in meetings

Mie Femø Nielsen

University of Copenhagen, Dept. of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics, Denmark

TP164: Forms of social organization in meeting talk

How is leadership constructed on a turn-by-turn basis in a project group meeting between employees with no formal leader? That question will be addressed in this paper from a conversation analytic perspective.

The data was recorded in Copenhagen in spring 2007. Three meetings were recorded in a non-governmental organization in the midst of a process of development of organizational values in order to develop a new brand strategy for the organization. At the first meeting the CEO initiates the process and presents his view of the situation, which is discussed. At the next meetings a project group follows up on an initial attempt to identify their organizational values. Their task is to arrange a seminar for all employees, which will help make sense of the values and promote the implementation of them in organizational daily practice.

In the analysis I will look at how the project leader gets her project leadership defined by the CEO, how she responds to it, and how she relates to and build on this mandate in the next meetings.

Session: Themed Panel (part 1)
Forms of social organization in meeting talk
Thursday, April 3, 2008, 13:45-15:15
room: 06