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1486Call for papers: Distributed Leadership & Online Communities

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  • niki lambropoulos
    May 29, 2008
      CALL FOR PAPERS: Distributed Leadership & Online Communities

      Submission Deadline for a 2-page proposal or manuscript: July 31, 2008
      Special issue of Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
      on Humans in ICT Environments:

      edited by:

      Niki Lambropoulos & Dr. Leslie Gadman
      London South Bank University, London, UK

      Link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=23608240896&ref=ts

      Overall Objectives of the Special Issue
      The main objective of this special issue is to bring together
      contributions on the topic of Distributed Leadership and Online
      Communities. The key objective is to look into the importance of
      online communities in participatory decision making in companies and
      organisational and governmental institutions. This special issue also
      will focus on real life case studies where such evaluations have been
      applied and validated. We hope the special issue not only will report
      first experiences and debates, but also go beyond the current state of
      the art by looking at future prospects and emerging applications.
      Distributed Leadership and Online Communities
      Leadership refers to top down, bottom up, and distributed management.
      Top down is the traditional model of centralising control, and bottom
      up is referring to transformational leadership. In this latter scheme,
      the empathic leader plays the role of the instrument between
      him/herself and the community to which s/he belongs. Distributed
      leadership builds upon participants' contributions in participatory
      decision making. Despite the fact that the capacity for leadership is
      both individual and collective (Ancona & Bresman, 2007; Senge, 1996),
      at the moment, managemental methodologies and techniques for both top
      down and bottom up approaches exist, but not for distributed

      Distributed leadership (Woods, 2004) has been related to participatory
      decision making and participatory democracy. To Ghosh (2002), it is a
      matter of a more purposeful resolve to build "multi-dimensional trust"
      within an organisation. This concept is further enhanced by the myriad
      ICTs and online technologies available today. Examples of applied
      participatory management come from media and computer companies, as
      well as governmental, educational , and governmental organisations.
      For example, some program producers encourage viewers to vote on the
      plot and decide on the actual end to a film, series, or protagonists.
      Customers for some companies can make suggestions and vote on their
      ideas for products. Students' online communities in universities make
      suggestions to enhance policy-making decisions. The EU has made
      several attempts to involve the citizens in decision making by
      providing online discussion forums and tools to facilitate this
      process. (See, for example, the Interactive Policy-making
      Tool—http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/ipm%e2%80%93which aims to improve governance by
      using the Internet to collect and analyse reactions of citizens and
      enterprises, evaluate existing EU policies, and facilitate open
      consultations on new initiatives.) However, the organisational
      structures to support the non-hierarchical nature of power and
      authority structures are not widely studied. Furthermore, there are
      few studies considering the incorporation of information systems into
      a business perspective for building direct ties and relationships that
      benefit from improved communication with customers or reform public

      As such, this special issue will be of great use to those who study,
      design, construct, moderate, evaluate and maintain distributed
      leadership techniques in organizations, e-learning, eBusiness,
      e-government and other related domains.


      Ancona, D., & Bresman, H. (2007). X-teams: How to build teams that
      lead, innovate and succeed. City, State, USA: Harvard Business School
      Ghosh, P. S. (2002). Committing to re-Build trust as a "true servant"
      of a fractured civilization: Towards a more enlightened leadership.
      Leadership Speeches and Presentations, 2008, IAP Leadership Session.
      Retrieved April 15, 2008, from
      Senge, P. (1996). Leading learning organizations: The bold, the
      powerful, and the invisible. Retrieved May 21, 2008, from
      Woods, P. A. (2004). Democratic leadership: Drawing distinctions with
      distributed leadership. International Journal of Leadership in
      Education, 7(1), 3–26.

      Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following
      • Introduction: Leadership before and after the turn of the century,
      concepts analysis
      • Distributed leadership: Theories on management and engagement;
      organisational strategy and the role of senior management; the role of
      communication; vision and organisational goals; research on measuring
      levels of engagement
      • Online communities: The use of online networks for decision making.
      • Analysis: multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches as in
      query-based techniques (interviews, focus groups, surveys; content and
      discourse analysis); the use of ethnographic methodologies and
      • Design: Conceptual and detailed design; ontologies; design to
      enhance ideas sharing and co-creativity; participatory design;
      prototyping (paper/electronic); screen design; leadership
      architecture; design of distributed leadership schemes and features;
      other innovative design approaches.
      • Evaluation: Tools and evaluation techniques; multidisciplinary
      evaluation; frameworks to apply results into practice.
      • Applicability of distributed leadership in online communities
      • Case studies
      • Future trends


      Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a manuscript or a
      2-page manuscript proposal no later than July 31, 2008. All will be
      notified by August 31, 2008 about the status of their proposals. Full
      rough drafts are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2008 and
      will be reviewed on a blind review basis.

      Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

      Niki Lambropoulos
      Researcher, Online Community Architect & Business Analyst
      PhD student at the
      Centre for Interactive Systems Engineering
      London South Bank University
      London, UK
      e-mail: niki@...

      Dr. Leslie Gadman
      Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy and Organizational Behaviour
      London South Bank University
      London, UK
      e-mail: gadmanl@...