A working leadership model for rapid response in organizations facing complex, dynamical, discontinuous change

Presentation focus on development of a model for international IT leadership that was adaptive, with the ability to change rapidly in a dynamical environment.

Abstract: 

Abstract: Today’s business  world has become complex to the extent that  being  “flexible” is no longer sufficient. Organizations must be agile and able to move resources quickly to content specific situations. While many organizations have  become proficient as to internal and external environmental sensing, the ability of leadership to adapt in the presence  of rapid, large-scale dynamical  and  discontinuous  change  is  lacking  or  too  slow  to  be  effective.  Organizational leadership – especially global leadership -- needs to develop a different approach to structure and quick response systems that is a paradigmatic shift from previous leadership models. Nearly all the challenges confronting leadership with respect to adaptive, quick response systems are amplified in a global context. In addition, the rapid proliferation of technology has blurred the definitions of “global”, as small virtual organizations can also have a global presence, and their need for a new leadership model may be even more imperative. This paper describes a working leadership model based on an understanding of rapid, complex, dynamical, and discontinuous change. The model derives its infrastructure from a variety of theories and models, including catastrophe theory, chaos theory as well as leadership studies of agile organizations. The model is a working model and this paper describes both the theoretical development as well as its application to leadership in real- world organizations.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Conference Proceedings
Authors: 
Phillip L. Davidson
Year of Publication: 
2007
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Proceeds of the 3rd European Conference on IT Management, Leadership and Governance
Publisher: 
Academic Conferences and Publishing International
Date Published: 
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Place Published: 
Reading, UK
Publication Language: 
English
ISBN Number: 
978-1-905305-43-8 cd
Editors: 
Dan Remenyi

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