Leader personality, managerial attention, and disruptive technologies

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Tikkanen, Henrikki
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-21T10:33:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-21T10:33:58Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03-31
dc.identifier.citation Tikkanen , H 2017 , ' Leader personality, managerial attention, and disruptive technologies : the adoption of the battlecruiser concept in the Royal Navy, 1904–1918 ' MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY , pp. 47-75 . DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2017.1308259 en
dc.identifier.issn 1744-9359
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dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/35728
dc.description.abstract Managerial attention to the leader’s strategic designs has been identified as a key prerequisite for success in the adoption of new technologies. The purpose of this study is to describe and analyze how the battlecruiser concept as an organizational gestalt was developed, adopted, and assessed in the British Royal Navy (RN) in 1904–1918 from the perspective of the top leader’s personality and managerial attention. The battlecruiser was a pet project of the controversial Admiral Sir John Fisher, who instituted a thorough technological, organizational, and cultural turnaround in the RN before the First World War (WWI). The battlecruiser, ‘The Greyhound of the Sea’, was the largest and most expensive type of capital ship in the WWI era. It was developed to hunt down enemy commerce-raiding cruisers all around the globe, and to act as a powerful scouting arm of the Grand Fleet. In action, however, it proved more vulnerable than expected. The contribution of the article is threefold. First, it explicates the key personal characteristics and effectuation mechanisms of top leaders in persuading the organizational adoption of a novel concept such as the battlecruiser. Second, it describes the process of adoption and change when the technology is gradually proving less efficient than predicted. Finally, it posits that the evolving organizational gestalts strongly moderate the process of adoption and correction. en
dc.format.extent 29
dc.format.extent 47-75
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.subject.other Business and International Management en
dc.subject.other History en
dc.subject.other Strategy and Management en
dc.subject.other 512 Business and management en
dc.title Leader personality, managerial attention, and disruptive technologies en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing
dc.subject.keyword Admiral John Fisher
dc.subject.keyword attention-based view
dc.subject.keyword battlecruiser
dc.subject.keyword Leadership
dc.subject.keyword organizational gestalt
dc.subject.keyword the Royal Navy
dc.subject.keyword Business and International Management
dc.subject.keyword History
dc.subject.keyword Strategy and Management
dc.subject.keyword 512 Business and management
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201812216737
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/17449359.2017.1308259
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