Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 3, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2005
Robert Heckman , Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Nora I. Misiolek , Syracuse University School of Information Studies
This paper reports an empirical study that explores how leadership behaviors emerge and are distributed in online student teams, and the relationship of emergent leadership patterns to various outcomes. Two patterns of emergent leadership were identified: strong and weak leadership. Results suggest that weak leadership is at least equally effective and may be more effective than strong leadership in producing positive team outcomes. Weak leadership may also produce interaction patterns more conducive to the educational objectives of a "community of inquiry" model.
Robert Heckman, Nora I. Misiolek, "Leaders and Followers In Student Online Project Teams", HICSS, 2005, 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2005, pp. 4c, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2005.381