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Fun, lifelong relationships and a safer community: understanding collective leadership practice in a grassroots association

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  • 1 Open University, UK
  • | 2 University of Wolverhampton, UK
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The relational processes and practices that create and sustain grassroots associations have received limited attention from researchers. This article addresses this gap, exploring collective leadership of grassroots associations through a ‘leadership-as-practice’ lens (; ). It adopts the concept of ‘bundles’ of leadership practice () to analyse data from a single ethnographic case study. Adopting this conceptual lens, we identify a set of ‘bundles’ of related practices – organising, engaging and accounting – that constitute the enduring reality of the grassroots association’s collective leadership.

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  • 1 Open University, UK
  • | 2 University of Wolverhampton, UK

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