A typology for the categorisation of ethical leadership research

Charlotte Pietersen


The paper introduces an expanded typology of research approaches applicable to the field of ethical leadership, namely: theoretical-integrative, systematic-analytical,  narrative-interpretive, and action-advocacy. An illustrative review identified clear examples of this framework for categorising types of research on ethical leadership. It is concluded that the investigation shows the applicability of a more nuanced perspective on research in the field of ethical leadership. The analysis provides support for the use of the typology beyond the customary quantitative and qualitative dichotomy.


multi-paradigm, leadership ethics, fundamental knowledge types, quantitative-qualitative dichotomy, conceptual analysis

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