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How leaders, managers and employees conspire to not resolve goal inconsistencies

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Messages and orders from leaders and managers create a world of meaning in organisations. Often however the messages managers send out can create a paradox i.e. inconsistencies, uncertainties and ambiguity that defy the prevailing logic within the organisation. These in effect, create uncertainty about the aims and goals the employee should have.

The study at hand, by a team of researchers from Umeå University in Sweden, looked at how people in organisations make sense of the paradoxes that frequently stem from management and leadership communications, both direct, like purposeful memos and direct communication, and indirect, like the messages people get from the actions, reactions, body language and language managers and leaders use.

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