Optimising virtual team leadership in global software development

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Title Optimising virtual team leadership in global software development
Author Tuffley, David
Journal Name IET Software
Editor Alessandra Russo
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Abstract The globalisation of the software development industry has solved one set of problems and created a new set. Skills shortages in the host organisation can be solved by Global Software Development, yet the effective management of virtual teams is a new challenge. This study proposes a process reference model (PRM) and assessment model for the leadership of project teams, including complex virtual teams. Using modelling techniques from Software Engineering, the Leadership PRM describes the attributes that a project manager should possess, and the activities they should perform if they are to be perceived by those around them as leaders. The developed model contains the essential leadership characteristics. Leadership is difficult to define since it is situationally expressed. The context determines the outward form that leadership takes in a given situation. A manager who innately embodies these essential leadership qualities will be perceived as a leader by those around them. Leadership is a skill that can be learned and developed over time to a higher level of competence. Managers coordinate the activities of team members in the pursuit of goals, while leaders extend this management capability by knowing how to motivate team members to want to do what it is the leader wants them to do.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/iet-sen.2011.0044
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 IET. This paper is a postprint of a paper submitted to and accepted for publication in Electronics Letters and is subject to Institution of Engineering and Technology Copyright. The copy of record is available at IET Digital Library
Volume 6
Issue Number 3
Page from 176
Page to 184
ISSN 1751-8806
Date Accessioned 2012-08-03
Language en_US
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Engineering
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47902
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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