Contingency Theory versus Situational Theory

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Contingency Theory versus Situational Theory
becky, Student (University), United Kingdom

I'm finding it really interesting how confusing and cross defined this subject is.
I think that situational and contingency could almost be band under the same group; to be honest they are very similar.
Dou you agree? If not, what difference you know of?

Contingency versus Situational
Antonio C A Maximiano, Professor, Brazil
In my perception, contingent and situational are the same concepts. Contingent means dependent on the situation or the circunstances; hence, contingent is situational.

Contingency NOT Equal to Situational
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
If you watch the video "Situational Leadership versus Contingency Theory" you'll see that even if both theories are similar, there is also a major difference in HOW they deal with the circumstances.

Contingent versus Situational
Antonio C A Maximiano, Professor, Brazil
I did watch the video, but I am not convinced. If contingent means adapting the leader to the situation and situational means adapting the style to the situation, I can't see how the two may be so different. I would like to know of an original support to this point, not that in the video. Correct me if I am wrong, please. Tks.

Contingent versus Situational
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
- SLT would mean that a leader can flexibly adapt to a follower should the follower change.
- CT would mean you need another leader if the circumstances change / are different.
So they seem similar in that they consider the situation, but in how they deal with changing or different situations is quite different.


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