The contribution of leadership attributes to large scale, complex project success

Pisarski, Anne, Chang, Artemis, Ashkanasy, Neal, Zolin, Roxanne, Mazur, Alicia K., Jordan, Peter, & Hatcher, Caroline A. (2011) The contribution of leadership attributes to large scale, complex project success. In 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas.

View at publisher


Mismanagement of large-scale, complex projects has resulted in spectacular failures, cost overruns, time blowouts, and stakeholder dissatisfaction. We focus discussion on the interaction of key management and leadership attributes which facilitate leaders’ adaptive behaviors. These behaviors should in turn influence adaptive team member behavior, stakeholder engagement and successful project outcomes, outputs and impacts. An understanding of this type of management will benefit from a perspective based in managerial and organizational cognition. The research question we explore is whether successful leaders of large-scale complex projects have an internal process leading to a display of administrative, adaptive, and enabling behaviors that foster adaptive processes and enabling behaviors within their teams and with external stakeholders. At the core of the model we propose interactions of key attributes, namely cognitive flexibility, affect, and emotional intelligence. The result of these cognitive-affective attribute interactions is leadership leading to enhanced likelihood of complex project success.

Impact and interest:

Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

477 since deposited on 03 Nov 2011
18 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 46801
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Alicia Gilchrist is also known as Alicia Mazur
Keywords: Cognitive flexibility, Affect, Emotional Intelligence, Complexity
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Academy of Management
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2011 00:41
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 11:04

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page