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The language of leaders: Identifying emergent leaders in global virtual teams

Simoff, S.J. and Sudweeks, F. (2010) The language of leaders: Identifying emergent leaders in global virtual teams. In: Yoong, P., (ed.) Leadership in the Digital Enterprise: Issues and Challenges. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 232-250.

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    Virtual teams and their leaders are key players in global organizations. Using teams of workers dispersed temporally and geographically has changed the way people work in groups and redefined the nature of teamwork. Emergent leadership issues in computer-mediated communication are vital today because of the increasing prevalence of the virtual organization, the flattening of organizational structures, and the corresponding interest in managing virtual groups and teams. This chapter examines the communication behaviors of participants in two different case studies to determine if number, length, and content of messages are sufficient criteria to identify emergent leaders in asynchronous and synchronous environments. The methodology used can be embedded in collaborative virtual environments as a technology for identifying potential leaders in organizational and educational environments.

    Publication Type: Book Chapter
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
    Publisher: IGI Global
    Copyright: © 2010 by IGI Global
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