E-leadership: Re-examining transformations in leadership source and transmission

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E-leadership: Re-examining transformations in leadership source and transmission
The Leadership Quarterly

At the turn of the century the first integrative review and conceptualization of the work on e-leadership was published in The Leadership Quarterly. During the late 1990's with the rapid rise in advanced information technology (AIT) such as the Internet e-mail video conferencing virtual teams and groupware systems (GDSS) there were a number of authors beginning to examine how AIT would transform how organizations organize their work and the implications for leadership in those organizations.Much of this discussion fell under the broad label of “virtual” with authors at that time speculating how such technology might impact how leadership was practiced and investigated. Now over a decade later we re-examine how the theory research and practice domains have evolved with respect to the work on e-leadership and its implications for the way leadership functions. In this review we have broadened the notion of what constitutes e-leadership considering howAIT affects the leadership dynamic howthe leadership dynamic affects the faithful or unfaithful appropriation of AIT how AIT can and is being used to develop leadership and ultimately how each will shape how organizations functionwell into the future. In sumwe examine what we've learned about e-leadership what needs to be learned and what might constitute emerging topics that could drive the e-leadership agenda over the next decade and beyond.

The Leadership Quarterly 25 (2014) 105 – 131

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