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The Language of Leaders

Simoff, S. and Sudweeks, F.ORCID: 0000-0003-0237-3671 (2007) The Language of Leaders. In: St.Amant, K., (ed.) Linguistic and Cultural Online Communication Issues in the Global Age. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 93-111.

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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.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: IGI Global
Copyright: © 2007
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