Review for future research in digital leadership

Raluca-Alexandra Byskov Stana, Louise Harder Fischer, Hanne Westh Nicolajsen

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Information Technology (IT) enables challenges and opportunities for how enterprises organize themselves and how work unfolds in digital settings. The changes in technology, work, organizations, and humans’ mindset, call for new ways to discuss leadership. In these new digital settings, traditional leadership no longer holds. Instead, new forms of digital leadership are needed. In this paper we review the IS research perspective on digital leadership. We conduct a systematic literature review combined with a hermeneutical approach. We compare the findings from our literature review with a theoretical lens inspired by e-leadership. We find that IS research has an exclusive scope on strategic implications, leaving out topics such as followership and emotions. On the other hand, IS research contributes with exactly these issues of strategic leadership and
business transformation to the digital leadership discussion. We contribute
to IS research by defining digital leadership, proposing a theoretical lens of
three levels of analysis of digital leadership, as well as paths for future
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateAug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
EventInformation Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia (IRIS41) - Århus, Denmark
Duration: 5 Aug 20188 Aug 2018


ConferenceInformation Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia (IRIS41)
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  • Leadership
  • Information Systems
  • literature review


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