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Virtual teams and the case of emergent leadership: an exploratory study

Petkova, Desislava (2019) Virtual teams and the case of emergent leadership: an exploratory study.

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Abstract:In the present business world, where various factors are constantly transforming the nature of professional entities and facilitating the foundation of a new type of team-based groups, namely virtual teams, the question about the power dynamics within said structures remains rather unclear. This exploratory study aims to analyze a wide mix of variables, ranging from personality traits to emotion detection abilities, in order to build a conclusive pattern that suggests what the most important qualities and skills of an emergent leader, in such virtual settings, could be. For that purpose, cutting-edge technologies like IBM Watson Personality Insights and LIWC dictionary were used to analyze the data. In addition, a performance-based test was also incorporated in order to measure the abilities of the participants to detect emotional nuances.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Awards:The University Twente Scholarship (UTS)
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