John M. Jermier* University University of Michigan of South Florida Steve Kerr and General Electric Corporation While in graduate school, I was fortunate enough to have Bob House as a mentor. At that time (1970), he was studying and thinking about what was to become renowned as the Path-Goal Theory of . One result of our interaction was that, while still a doctoral student, I was able to publish (with Bob and Alan Filley) in Administrative Science , and had other research on under review. Then, as a new faculty member at Ohio State, I was again extremely fortunate to attract as mentor and research colleague another giant of research, Ralph Stogdill. As a result of Ralphâs influence on my thinking and my continuing work with Bob House, I became fascinated by the concept of organizational and power. The positive reinforcement I received from the field, and from Ohio State, for pursuing this topic didnât hurt either. (I completed my Ph.D. in 1973 and was tenured less than a year later, in no small part for my published research on ). During this period, however, I became increasingly troubled by the low magnitude of results yielded by my
The Leadership Quarterly – Elsevier
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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