“Primus inter Pares”?—The Perception of Emergent Leadership Behavior in Agile Software Development Teams

dc.contributor.author Biehler, Jan
dc.contributor.author Przybilla, Leonard
dc.contributor.author Krcmar, Helmut
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-24T18:26:48Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-24T18:26:48Z
dc.date.issued 2022-01-04
dc.description.abstract Despite being a key feature of Agile Software Development (ASD), self-organization within ASD teams has received limited research attention. Hence, this study furthers our understanding of how informal emergent leadership may develop within ASD teams by combining knowledge on ASD teams with extant research on emergent leadership. In an exploratory mixed-method study of two Scrum teams, we observed two specific types of emergent leaders, namely, a “detail-oriented structurer”, and a “big picture coordinator.” For emergent leadership to develop, the Scrum master had to create a “leadership gap.” Given this leadership gap, emergent leadership may develop in a circular manner: specific behaviors of team members and their perceptions may provide the basis for emergent leadership, which combined with implicit leadership theories of team members give rise to a leadership structure. Our results add to research on emergent leadership and increase our understanding of self-organization in ASD teams.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2022.879
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-5-7
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/80221
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Agile and Lean: Organizations, Products and Development
dc.subject agile software development
dc.subject self-organization
dc.subject emergent leadership
dc.subject agile management
dc.subject perceptions
dc.title “Primus inter Pares”?—The Perception of Emergent Leadership Behavior in Agile Software Development Teams
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