A typology for the categorisation of ethical leadership research

  • Charlotte Pietersen University of Limpopo
Keywords: multi-paradigm, leadership ethics, fundamental knowledge types, quantitative-qualitative dichotomy, conceptual analysis


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.

Author Biography

Charlotte Pietersen, University of Limpopo
Business ManagementAssociate Professor


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