Leadership styles in virtual team context: Limitations, solutions and propositions

Suling Zhang, Jerry Fjermestad, Marilyn Tremaine

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Abstract

This paper analyzes previous empirical investigations on leadership style in virtual team context. Inconsistencies were found in the prior studies: oversimplified comparison of transformational and transactional leadership and treating the two leadership styles as polar constructs. To overcome these drawbacks, approaching transformational and transactional behavior combinations at behavior component level is suggested. Also, specific propositions are raised about the effects of leadership behavior combinations under three important yet ignored contextual factors: media richness of communication technology, goal-frustrating events and leader-follower gender. This paper provides useful guidance for future virtual team leadership research as well as for organizations interested in developing virtual team leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - Nov 10 2005
Event38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Big Island, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 3 2005Jan 6 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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