The Leadership Toolkit: Constructing Leadership in Technology-enabled Collaboration

David Kubovsky

Student thesis: Master thesis


Purpose – This thesis presents a tool kit for the social construction of leadership in technology-enabled collaboration, both for practitioners and scholars. Design/methodology/approach – The study investigates how leadership can be socially constructed in virtual environments by synthesising ethnographic field studies and practitioner discourse through an ethnographic research approach. Findings – The findings underline the importance of seeing leadership as a social construction to capture the various sense-making activities of individuals in interaction to produce leadership. Technology-enabled collaboration brings forth new forms of leadership that often emerge from collective activities or are shared. Practical implications – The study provides a tool kit for practitioners to aid their understanding and sensemaking activities in the organizational reality of the 21st century and illustrates the various ways in which leadership can develop during virtual collaboration. Originality/value – The thesis provides a synthesis of interdisciplinary perspectives, ethnographic field research enhanced by an auto-ethnography, and illustrates the advantages of studying leadership as a process of social construction in technology-enabled collaboration. Keywords – Virtual work, Virtual leadership, Leadership, Technology-enabled collaboration

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture - Diversity and Change Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2019
Number of pages93