Autophagic Leadership: Promoting Self-Renewal of Organizations

  • Mustafa ÖzmusulEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


This chapter explores how the concept of autophagy, which is used in medicine and biology, might be helpful in developing leadership in social organizations. First, from the perspective of a social researcher, it attempts to explain how autophagy works in a biological organism by a simple framework. It then focuses on understanding the potential role of autophagy in social organizations through use of metaphors, models, and theoretical explanations. Finally, it develops a conceptual model of autophagic leadership as a contribution to utilizing this vital biological process in today’s social organizations. The implications for the role of leaders arising from the autophagic leadership model are also analyzed.


Autophagic leadership Self-renewal Organization development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harran University ŞanlıurfaTurkey

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