New Forms of Management: Shared and Distributed Leadership in Organizations

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Drucker School of Management (CGU)

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Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Leadership Studies | Organizational Behavior and Theory


Shared leadership is defined as ‘‘a dynamic, interactive influence process among individuals in groups for which the objective is to lead one another to the achievement of group or organizational goals or both’’. The initial work on shared leadership has demonstrated that it can have a powerful influence on group attitudes, behavior, cognition, and performance. Much work, nonetheless, needs to be done to advance the study of shared leadership. The authors of the six articles in this special issue tackle a wide scope of issues that are critical to moving forward the study of shared leadership theory. Some articles are conceptual while others are empirical. Of the conceptual articles, one provides a broad comprehensive overview while the other focuses specifically on methods for the study of shared leadership. Of the empirical articles, two use qualitative analysis, one uses multiple regression and one uses social network analysis and multiple regression. Together, these articles place a firm stake in the ground on the state-of-the-art thinking in shared leadership theory.

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