Leadership in Iceland: A historical context

Inga Minelgaite*, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this chapter is to frame the circumstances that affected the development of leadership in Iceland. Leadership is a result of different societal and economic processes, whereas in the case of Iceland, it is a relatively young phenomenon and it is strongly associated with the economic development of the country. Throughout the nineteenth century and in the 1900s, the quality of socioeconomic conditions in Iceland was among the lowest in Europe. This chapter recollects the development of organizational leadership traditions in Iceland.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContributions to Management Science
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X

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Other keywords

  • Historical context
  • Icelandic leadership
  • Leadership in Iceland


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