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Exploring distributed leadership in the small business context

Cope,J, Kempster,S and Parry,K 2011, Exploring distributed leadership in the small business context, International Journal of Management Reviews, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 270-285, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2011.00307.x.

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Title Exploring distributed leadership in the small business context
Author(s) Cope,J
Kempster,S
Parry,KORCID iD for Parry,K orcid.org/0000-0002-5837-2873
Journal name International Journal of Management Reviews
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 270
End page 285
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1460-8545
1468-2370
Summary Entrepreneurial ventures are often established, controlled and led through the commitment of individuals. This article problematizes the nature of the form of leadership relevant for the small business as it matures. In this way, it explores the temporal dimension to the appropriateness of distributed leadership in the context of the entrepreneurial business. The authors critique the opportunity that distributed leadership can bring to the maturing business. They illuminate a dilemma for entrepreneurs as to whether they should give up control for a broader distributed process of leading or continue a practice of leading that resonates with their essence of being entrepreneurial - independent, controlling responsive and opportunity driven. This dilemma is addressed by suggesting the contextualization of distributed leadership may offer the maturing business. The article concludes by reviewing development approaches that contextualize intervention and suggests a research agenda to contribute to a greater understanding of how leadership can become distributed in the maturing business. © 2011 The Authors. International Journal of Management Reviews © 2011 British Academy of Management and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2011.00307.x
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067706

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