Distributed Leadership and the Visibility/Invisibility Paradox in On-line Communities

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dc.contributor.author Jameson, Jill
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-14T08:48:50Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-14T08:48:50Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Jameson, J. (2011). Distributed Leadership and the Visibility/Invisibility Paradox in On-line Communities. Human Technology, Volume 7(1), pp. 49-71. URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201152310899. Retrieved from http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.identifier.issn 1795-6889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/27164
dc.description.abstract This paper analyzes the role of distributed leadership in three on-line communities, reflecting on an observed visibility/invisibility paradox in leadership within these communities. Leaders who downplay their seniority and assume a degree of invisibility, allocating discretionary powers to subordinate levels in an organizational hierarchy, may facilitate the emergence of distributed leadership. Yet, simultaneously, leader-led relations are enabled by high leadership visibility. This paradox—that leaders need to be both highly visible and also invisible, or hands-off, when the occasion requires it—was derived from prior research into e-learning communities and tested in the analysis of discussions from on-line communities using a case study pattern-matching process. The operation of both visibility and invisibility in leadership is a key issue for enabling effective collaborations in distributed leadership situations based on trust. Such collaboration fosters positive group interaction and participative decision making in a consensus facilitated through leadership distribution amongst on-line community members. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Jyväskylä, Agora Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
dc.relation.uri http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.rights © 2011 Jill Jameson and the Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä
dc.subject.other distributed leadership en
dc.subject.other on-line communities en
dc.subject.other isibility/invisibility paradox en
dc.subject.other e-learning leadership en
dc.subject.other case study methodology en
dc.subject.other pattern-matching en
dc.subject.other leadership en
dc.subject.other ambiguity en
dc.title Distributed Leadership and the Visibility/Invisibility Paradox in On-line Communities
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201152310899
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.description.version Published version
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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