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Abstract

Drawing upon the theories of rhetorical criticism used to study leadership in organizations, this essay develops two new concepts: mythic vision and rhetorical determinacy. Mythic vision is the idiosyncratic schema of the founder, demonstrating a distinctly rhetorical dimension for the creation of organizational culture. The concept of rhetorical determinacy is shown to limit the ability of management to respond to environmental changes inconsistent with the mythic vision. These terms are used to explain the organizational culture the Selective Service System. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of mythic vision and rhetorical determinacy for management theory and research.

Volume

3

Issue

1

First Page

22

Last Page

31

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