Online from: 2006
Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies
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|Title:||Ending the denial of slavery in management history: Paternalistic leadership of Joseph Emory Davis|
|Author(s):||Mario Hayek, (University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, USA), Milorad M. Novicevic, (University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, USA), John H. Humphreys, (Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, Texas, USA), Nicole Jones, (Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi, USA)|
|Citation:||Mario Hayek, Milorad M. Novicevic, John H. Humphreys, Nicole Jones, (2010) "Ending the denial of slavery in management history: Paternalistic leadership of Joseph Emory Davis", Journal of Management History, Vol. 16 Iss: 3, pp.367 - 379|
|Keywords:||History, Leadership, United States of America|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17511341011051252 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to further fill the void of American slavery within management history and leadership studies by presenting the unique case of Joseph E. Davis's paternalistic leadership.
Design/methodology/approach – This case was selected because of Davis's attempt to transplant Robert Owen's utopian practices of social harmony in an industrial, textile-mill setting to the backdrop of his slavery plantation. The method used is the historical method of analyzing both primary and secondary sources of data about Joseph E. Davis, a Mississippi planter, during the time periods of antebellum and reconstruction.
Findings – This analysis indicates that Joseph E. Davis exhibited benevolence, authoritarianism, and, to a degree, moral paternalistic leadership with his slaves. Yet, due to his ideology and the context, he still defended slavery and Southern rights.
Research limitations/implications – Historical knowledge about paternalistic leadership during the antebellum slavery and reconstruction time period will help to end the denial of slavery in management studies, as well as contribute to the understanding of paternalism in many contemporary cultures.
Originality/value – This is the first article to provide primary evidence of paternalistic leadership in management history studies within this erroneously disregarded period.
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