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Network leadership: Defining its continuum

Wind, M.E.D. (2017) Network leadership: Defining its continuum.

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Abstract:To comprehensively review the academic literature to date on network leadership in its various forms, and present a model on which type of leading a network is required in which context. An initial gathered base of literature provided a solid starting point in retrieving and analyzing the relevant literature, for which an explicit list of keywords and selection criteria were adopted. Moreover, snowball sampling further diminished the chance of missing eligible records. As differences in nature, level and context exist between the various forms of leading a network, a multi-dimensional scale of network leadership can be discerned. On the x-axis, this scale ranges from the inclusion of one focal leader towards total distribution of the leadership role; while ranging from an intra-organizational towards inter-organizational focus on the y-axis. Moreover, four meta-types of leadership, as based on all the studied antecedents and outcomes, were found to be applicable in specific network contexts. Research limitations/implications – Only general databases have been used; no validation took place of the proposed model; further (empirical) research is urgently needed on the multi-dimensional scale, the model and network leadership in general. Many partly overlapping antecedents and outcomes must be integrated in new, large-scale longitudinal empirical research in this field. Practical implications – The resulting leadership model is fulfilling the need for practical tools on how to lead various forms of networks.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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