Leadership Discourse Analysis: The Case of Starbucks CEO

Hong Bui, Gemma McCarthy

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This study creates a structured link to characteristics that portray a transformational leader via a method of discourse analysis. An analysis was applied to 216,000 spoken and written words from Howard Schultz, a successful CEO of Starbucks. Findings from the analysis showed the power of leadership language, and established five key characteristics that Howard Schultz frequently displayed throughout his tenure as CEO as a transformational leader. These characteristics advance our understanding of transformational leadership. In addition, leadership discourse analysis will open a research venue to have new insights of leadership from different angles that the literature has mainly neglected.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2015
EventBritish Academy of Management -
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Bui, H., & McCarthy, G. (2015). Leadership Discourse Analysis: The Case of Starbucks CEO. Paper presented at British Academy of Management, .

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2015. Paper presented at British Academy of Management, .

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Bui, H & McCarthy, G 2015, 'Leadership Discourse Analysis: The Case of Starbucks CEO' Paper presented at British Academy of Management, 10/09/15, .
Bui H, McCarthy G. Leadership Discourse Analysis: The Case of Starbucks CEO. 2015. Paper presented at British Academy of Management, .
Bui, Hong ; McCarthy, Gemma. / Leadership Discourse Analysis: The Case of Starbucks CEO. Paper presented at British Academy of Management, .
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