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

Pisarski, Anne, Chang, Artemis, Ashkanasy, Neal, Zolin, Roxanne, Mazur, Alicia, 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.

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Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 46801
Item Type: Conference Paper
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
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Academy of Management
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2011 10:41
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2011 03:55

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