IJIMT 2016 Vol.7(6): 299-303 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2016.7.6.690

Shared Leadership: An Analysis of the Evolvement Process across the Project Life Cycle

Qiong Wu and Kathryn Cormican
Abstract—Shared leadership refers to an emergent team property, whereby leadership influence is distributed among team members. It is a dynamic phenomenon that has been widely endorsed by researchers. However few studies have focused on how shared leadership changes during a project life cycle. It is important for scholars and practitioners to recognize the evolution patterns of shared leadership over time, and to fully understanding the influence of shared leadership on team processes. Consequently, this research builds on previous work and presents a conceptual model that displays the characteristics of shared leadership over four phases of project life cycle: initiation, early phase, later phase and close. Our findings show that the optimal level of shared leadership appears in the early phase of a project, and when the team advances into later phase, the leadership turns to be more focus on few individuals. These findings bring important implications for both researchers and managers in industries.

Index Terms— Project life cycle, shared leadership, social network analysis.

The authors are with the National University of Ireland, Galway, College of Engineering and Informatics, Ireland (e-mail: Q.Wu@nuigalway.ie, kathryn.cormican@nuigalway.ie).

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Cite: Qiong Wu and Kathryn Cormican, " Shared Leadership: An Analysis of the Evolvement Process across the Project Life Cycle," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 299-303, 2016.

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