Title: Evaluating leadership effectiveness in virtual teams through creativity and performance: a qualitative analysis of an experimental study

Authors: Ching-Wen Wang; Chang-tseh Hsieh; Michael L. Menefee; Daanish D. Pestonjee

Addresses: National Chung Shing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan. ' University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA. ' The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, 171 Comtech Drive, Building 57A, Suite A, Pembroke, NC 28372, USA. ' University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, USA

Abstract: The paper evaluates how leadership style and feedback affect a leader|s effectiveness (measured through creativity and performance) in virtual teams. The findings indicate that virtual team members| creativity is impacted by leadership style regardless of the type of feedback whereas overall performance is impacted by feedback style alone. The objective is to provide guidelines to the virtual team leaders for improving their effectiveness based on the specific goals of a particular project.

Keywords: virtual teams; leadership effectiveness; feedback types; creativity; performance; teamwork; leadership style; team leaders.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSM.2011.044355

International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, 2011 Vol.3 No.2, pp.158 - 174

Published online: 19 Dec 2011 *

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