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Identification with leader: A comparison of perceptions of identification among geographically dispersed and co‐located teams

Stacey L. Connaughton (Department of Communication, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
John A. Daly (Departments of Communication, Management and Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA)

Corporate Communications: An International Journal

ISSN: 1356-3289

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

Geographically dispersed teams have become common in many industries and organizations. Yet previous research on distanced leadership often is done from the perspective of the leader, not the team members. This study examines identification with team leader among distanced and proximate employees in geographically dispersed teams. Through survey research, the study examines the relationship between members' identification with their team leader and four other relevant variables – trust, isolation, accessibility, and information equity. Specifically, the study finds that identification and trust are closely related constructs in both distanced and proximate settings; that perceived isolation is inversely related with leader identification in proximate settings, but not in distanced ones; that accessibility is positively related to identification with leader in both distanced and proximate settings; and that perceived information equity is positively related with leader identification in distanced and proximate settings. Implications for leadership in distanced settings are discussed.

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Connaughton, S.L. and Daly, J.A. (2004), "Identification with leader: A comparison of perceptions of identification among geographically dispersed and co‐located teams", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 89-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/13563280410534294

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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