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Alternative Approaches for Studying Shared and Distributed Leadership


Declan Fitzsimons


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kim Turnbull James


affiliation not provided to SSRN

David Denyer


Cranfield University - Advanced Management Research Centre (AMRC)

September 2011

International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp. 313-328, 2011

Abstract:     
Scholars hold different perspectives about leadership which are not limited to a formally appointed leader. Of the abundance of terms used to describe this phenomenon, shared and distributed are the most prevalent. These terms are often used interchangeably, resulting in confusion in the way that shared and distributed leadership is conceptualized and investigated. This paper provides a historical development of this field, challenges existing conceptions and reveals inconsistencies and contradictions that are seldom acknowledged. Four distinct approaches to the study of shared and distributed leadership are identified in the literature, each embracing different ontological views and leadership epistemologies. Individually, the four approaches offer valuable – yet partial – understanding. Comparing and contrasting the assumptions and insights from the four approaches raises fundamental issues about how we think about leadership in terms of research, practice and development.

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Date posted: August 15, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Fitzsimons, Declan and James, Kim Turnbull and Denyer, David, Alternative Approaches for Studying Shared and Distributed Leadership (September 2011). International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp. 313-328, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1909148 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2370.2011.00312.x

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Declan Fitzsimons (Contact Author)
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Kim Turnbull James
affiliation not provided to SSRN
David Denyer
Cranfield University - Advanced Management Research Centre (AMRC) ( email )
Cranfield MK43 OA1
United Kingdom
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