Norbert Jochens & Frank Vogel1

Fachhochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung, Polizei und Rechtspflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The Application of Science in Everyday Life of Police Leaders – Process-related leadership and participative research

In this article the authors try to embed a classical instrument of police leadership, the so-called feedback method, into a modified process-related understanding of leadership and to rework it on the basis of participative social research. In a first step the authors develop critical preliminary theses regarding the current leadership discourse. In a second step the authors argue for a functional, application-oriented connection of normative and descriptive leadership theories. As an exemplary proposal the authors do work out the idea of a police leader as an “organizational mediator” in a process-related understanding of leadership. The potential of parti­cipative research methods, especially in the context of the stress field of “police and science”, will finally be illustrated using the example of the feedback method.

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