Leadership as a key instrument to alleviate hegemonic relationships in organizations: A case from a public university


4th International Conference on Leadership, Technology, Innovation and Business Management (ICLTIBM), İstanbul, Turkey, 19 - 21 November 2014, vol.210, pp.21-27 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 210
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.11.324
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.21-27
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Some groups may be oppressed by others in organizations and at this point, leaders are the most important actors able to balance the power inequalities within the organization. In this study, the exploitation of ambiguities in job descriptions of an administrative department in a public university is examined. Face-to-face and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 35 individuals and the related documents were examined to shed light on the phenomenon. According to technicians, those in higher positions use ambiguity in job descriptions to abdicate responsibility and increase their dominance. According to researchers, organizational leaders in particular should take responsibility to ease relationships of dominance in such cases.