Structuration as a theory of social change

Social theories are important when considering how change happens – or does not happen – in complex societal settings. As part of their studies, first year students in the Leadership for Change Master’s Programme are writing short memos on various social theories. We are publishing some of the memos here, on the LFC blog. This set of memos deals with structuration theory.

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Sirpa Pietikäinen: “Sustainability Requires Holistic Thinking”

People, as well as organizations, are often telling stories of what they do and how good they are at doing it. However, the focus should rather be on doing things so well that stories will be created out of them. At her Leadership for Change Lecture in the Faculty of Management (University of Tampere), Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP) emphasized the importance of story-doing rather than story-telling in constructing a sustainable society. Doing is the story.

LFC student Berfin Nur Osso introduced Sirpa Pietikäinen to the audience

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Leadership for Change Students Looking for Internships

Leadership for Change (LFC) Students in the Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, are looking for internship places. The students are first year master’s students in business, governance and politics. Studying in the LFC programme, they have been able to develop analysis and leadership skills that are needed to deal with today’s complex problems. These students have a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills making them attractive to potential employers in the public sector, private enterprises or other organisations.

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Anna-Kaisa Ikonen: “Cities need to change themselves, and they need to lead the change”

How do complex challenges appear from the perspective of city leadership? This was the topic of the LFC Lecture by Dr. Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Professor of Practice in the UTA Faculty of Management and former Mayor of the City of Tampere. Dr. Ikonen shared the insider’s point of view with the audience presenting her ideas on leadership in the public sector and the role of the mayor in city leadership. At the end of the lecture, Dr. Markku Sotarauta, Professor in the Faculty of Management, commented on Dr. Ikonen’s lecture from the perspective of current academic research.

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