The preface, by Kristin M.S. Bezio, begins with a definition of “culture” and an explanation of how culture—and, specifically, cultural works like literature, art and music—engages in leadership, both on its own and through those who create it.
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Kristin M.S. Bezio
The first chapter addresses Christopher Marlowe, whose influence over his own time was significant, as he was one of the first playwrights to develop the dramatic formula we have come to associate with the now more famous Shakespeare. In the years since his death in 1593, Marlowe has become an icon of early atheism and heresy, as well as resistance to an authoritarian government. In addition to his impact on the dramatic genre, Marlowe’s work, particularly Massacre at Paris, shows disdain for the violence that seemed to him endemic to the English Reformation, and suggests a nihilistic view of religion as detrimental to society.
Michael D. Mumford, Sven Hemlin and Tyler J. Mulhearn
In recent years, it has become apparent that the success and survival of firms depends on sustained innovation and the creative efforts of employees. Although many variables influence creativity and innovation, leadership has been found to be one of the most notable, and most powerful, influences on creativity and innovation. In this volume, the editors and contributors examine what is known about the effective leadership of creative efforts with respect to key functions performed by the leaders of creative efforts, the models used to explain the leadership of creative efforts, and the domains, areas, in which we see leadership of creative efforts. This chapter provides an overview of the nature and significance of the topic of this volume, the leadership of creative efforts, and the conclusions emerging from the various chapters included in this volume. Directions for future research are discussed.
Peter Iver Kaufman
The introduction, authored by Peter Iver Kaufman, includes a brief description of the origin of the project and then provides an overview of the subsequent chapters of the volume.