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Issues, responsibilities and identities: A distributed leadership perspective on biotechnology R&D management
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Gender, Organisation and Management.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5479-2563
2011 (English)In: Creativity and Innovation Management, ISSN 0963-1690, E-ISSN 1467-8691, Vol. 20, no 3, 157-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the research reported here is to contribute to the ongoing development of R&D project leadership studies by applying a distributed leadership perspective in the analysis of a product development project in a small biotechnology venture. A distributed leadership perspective implies that leadership is studied as a process of social interaction, involving several individuals who continuously construct leadership activities together. From a case study of a bio-tech venture, we conclude that leadership work in R&D projects implies construction of issues, responsibilities and identities. That is, what people do - seen from this perspective - when performing leadership activities in this project is that they gradually move the project and the organization forward by processing issues, resolving ambiguities concerning responsibility, and develop their understandings on the identity bases involved.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Vol. 20, no 3, 157-170 p.
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As-Practice, Project, Organizations, Time
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-47612DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8691.2011.00604.xISI: 000300213900003OAI: diva2:455749
QC 20111118Available from: 2011-11-11 Created: 2011-11-11 Last updated: 2012-04-27Bibliographically approved

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