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Distributed ISD Team Leadership and the Paradox of Cohesion and Conflict

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Title:Distributed ISD Team Leadership and the Paradox of Cohesion and Conflict
Authors:McCarthy, Stephen
O’Raghallaigh, Paidi
Fitzgerald, Ciara
Adam, Frédéric
Keywords:Emerging Issues in Distributed Group Decision-Making: Opportunities and Challenges
Collaboration Systems and Technologies
Information Systems Development, Leadership, Team Cohesion, Team Conflict, Subgroups
Date Issued:08 Jan 2019
Abstract:Distributed ISD projects are often typified by deep-seated differences between team members from diverse organizational and professional backgrounds. Consequently, literature suggests that cohesion is crucial for aligning the efforts of a distributed ISD team; however, a competing body of literature also asserts that conflict is essential for capitalizing on diverse knowledge flows. Team leaders can therefore face a conundrum around how to balance the paradoxical need for both cohesion and conflict. In this paper, we develop a theoretical framework to analyze case study findings from the ‘CDSS project’, a distributed ISD project undertaken in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). We find evidence that distributed ISD leaders must adopt a ‘paradox mindset’, one which embraces both cohesion and conflict. Based on these findings, we also put forward the concept of ‘leadership intelligence’ which describes the simultaneous enactment of a diverse set of leadership styles for balancing constructive cohesion and conflict.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/59499
ISBN:978-0-9981331-2-6
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2019.073
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: Emerging Issues in Distributed Group Decision-Making: Opportunities and Challenges


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