Carsten Hornstrup


Strategic Relational Leadership – Building Organizational Capacity to Change

May 2015 

This paper describes the elements and progression of my dissertation research. It is a supplement to the book: “Strategic Relational Leadership”, which forms the other part of the complete dissertation. This chapter explains the background for my research, my curiosity regarding this topic, and describes the details of the research process. My project is inspired by action research where the focus, form, and results unfold along with the process of researching (McNiff & Whitehead 2008). For example, my early working focus was on what organization strategy looked like using a systemic – constructionist lens which subsequently evolved in into the following research question: “How can systemic – constructionist ideas and practices increase our knowledge about and ability to develop organizational capacity for change?”