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Kajamaa, A., & Tuunainen, J. (2022). Dialectics of distributed leadership in an interorganizational entrepreneurship hub. Leadership, 18(6), 754–774.

Dialectics of distributed leadership in an interorganizational entrepreneurship hub

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Author: Kajamaa, Anu1; Tuunainen, Juha2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland
2Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-11-25


In this study, we widen the understanding of how the dialectics of distributed leadership develop as part of discursive interactions in an interorganizational setting directed at renewal. Using a dialectical perspective, we analyzed developmental meetings of an entrepreneurship hub and identified three dialectics, namely disagreement versus encouragement, organizational dependency versus interorganizational engagement and status quo versus transformation, by which the discussion reached the resolution. Our study widens the current understanding of distributed leadership and offers a nuanced account of how dissent and consent act as equally important forces for the development of the distributed leadership practice, as well as for reaching the collective resolution directed at organizational renewal. Our study also highlights the significance of co-created visual representations for converting complex discursive dialectics into a more tangible form. More generally, our study opens an approach in leadership to study tension-laden organizational dynamics in discursive and processual terms, especially in complex interorganizational contexts.

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Series: Leadership
ISSN: 1742-7150
ISSN-E: 1742-7169
ISSN-L: 1742-7150
Volume: 18
Issue: 6
Pages: 754 - 774
DOI: 10.1177/17427150221130823
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Juha Tuunainen received support for this research from the Academy of Finland (grant no. 316545).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 316545
Detailed Information: 316545 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2022. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (