Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Grounded-Theory Study Exploring the Emergence of Leadership in Dispersed Teaming as Organizations Seek Effectiveness in an Increasingly Complex World
by Russomano, John, Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2018, 222; 10838984
Abstract (Summary)

Complexity and turbulence create intensifying pressures on 21 st-century organizations seeking growth through globalization and operating efficiencies. Organizations are responding by engaging dispersed teams in expanding operations and enabling efficiencies from “anywhere, any time, any form” teaming. The use of dispersed teaming enables new opportunities for organizational growth; however, may introduce the need for change in the organization’s leadership mindset and approach to leading. The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory research study is to explore and seek a deeper understanding of the emergence of leadership in dispersed teams and the resulting points of tension that potentially affect the process of leading and team effectiveness as organizations address complexity. Findings from the study are based on the lived experiences of virtual team leaders and members and provide insights on the theoretical and practical guiding practices exploring the supportive and hindering forces that enable an ideal environment for the act of leading shifting from an entity or person to a shared process with members of dispersed teams. The findings explore the importance of relational leadership and the role of appointed leaders when fostering shared leading. The outcomes of the research provide insight to organizations, leaders, and members of dispersed teams on the importance of operating collectively in an environment where individuals can maximize their capabilities despite geographical separation; while understanding the importance of situational readiness and adaptability when seeking team effectiveness. The research study provides theory describing the ideal aspirational environment that will enable shared leading and guiding principles that introduce practical considerations reflecting the situational realities, ambiguities, and humanistic complexities influencing today’s organization when seeking growth and effective outcomes through dispersed teaming.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leahy, Martin J.
Commitee: Aguilar, Alexander J., Cohen, Shlomit I.
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Complexity, Dispersed teaming, Emergence, Relational leadership, Shared leadership, Virtual team
Publication Number: 10838984
ISBN: 978-0-438-18081-9
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