Mutiny and Its Bounty by Patrick J. Murphy
Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery

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Violent mutiny was common in seafaring enterprises during the Age of Discovery—so common, in fact, that dealing with mutineers was an essential skill for captains and other leaders of the time. Mutinies in today’s organizations are much quieter, more social and intellectual, and far less violent, yet the coordinated defiance of authority springs from dissatisfactions very similar to those of long-ago shipboard crews. This highly original book mines seafaring logs and other archives of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century ship captains and discovers instructive lessons for today’s leaders facing challenges to their authority as well as for other members of organizations in which mutinous events occur.
 
The book begins by examining mutinies against great explorer captains of the Age of Discovery: Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Sebastian Cabot, and Henry Hudson. The authors then identify lessons that entrepreneurs, leaders, and other members may apply to organizational insurrections today. They find, surprisingly, that mutiny may be a force for good in an organization, paving the way to more collaborative leadership and stronger commitment to shared goals and values.
 

About Patrick J. Murphy

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Patrick J. Murphy is associate professor of management, DePaul University. He is chair of the Management History Division in the Academy of Management. He lives in Chicago, IL. Ray W. Coye is associate professor emeritus of management, DePaul University. He lives in Ferndale, WA. The authors each have maritime service backgrounds and seafaring experience.
 
Published March 19, 2013 by Yale University Press. 302 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Bloomberg

Perhaps you have dreamed of mutiny.

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Harvard Business Review

He is co-author of Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery (Yale, 2013).

Apr 09 2013 | Read Full Review of Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leader...

Mutinies throughout seafaring history stemmed from elements such as environmental uncertainties, low trust, and a lack of shared values. In a scholarly analysis, authors Murphy and Coye (management and emeritus, management, respectively, DePaul Univ.) examine the common elements underlying such d...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leader...

Mutinies throughout seafaring history stemmed from elements such as environmental uncertainties, low trust, and a lack of shared values. In a scholarly analysis, authors Murphy and Coye (management and emeritus, management, respectively, DePaul Univ.) examine the common elements underlying such d...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leader...

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