- Violent ideological groups are more insularly aggressive,
- Violent ideological groups have elements of hierarchy, and
- Leadership styles differ between nonviolent and violent organizations.
Led by START Researcher Gina Ligon of the University of Nebraska Omaha, the team set out to examine ideological organizations using theory and methods that are typically applied to more conventional, for-profit organizations.
Next, the team will assess how organizational characteristics (e.g., structure, leadership style) predict violence and performance in ideological groups. The study, The Leadership of the Extreme and Dangerous for Innovative Results (LEADIR), was funded through START by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's Office of University Programs.
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