A Structurational Perspective on Leadership in Virtual Teams [chapter]

Robert Heckman, Kevin Crowston, Nora Misiolek
IFIP International Federation for Information Processing  
Building on behavioural leadership theory and structuration theory, we present a two-order theory of leadership. It describes four classes of firstorder leadership behaviours {task coordination, substantive task contribution, group maintenance and boundary spanning) and defines second-order leadership as behaviour that influences changes in the structure that guides group action. We argue that second-order leadership is enabled by first-order leadership and is therefore action embedded and
more » ... ded in processes that define the social identity of the group. We propose that effective virtual teams will exhibit a paradoxical combination of shared, distributed first-order leadership complemented by strong, concentrated, and centralized secondorder leadership. We conclude by suggesting future research that might be conducted to test and further elaborate our theory.
doi:10.1007/978-0-387-73025-7_12 dblp:conf/ifip8-2/HeckmanCM07 fatcat:624mr3fkizdmvo7rt4cnbncmsi