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The impact of digital leadership on sustainable performance: a systematic literature review

Tze Yin Khaw (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Ai Ping Teoh (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Siti Nabiha Abdul Khalid (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Sukumar Letchmunan (School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 17 October 2022

Issue publication date: 28 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

In today's constantly changing workplace, leaders encounter new challenges consequent to rising digitization. Tackling these problems effectively requires digital leadership, a prominent idea in discussions about what abilities the managers need to be developed in the digital age. The study analyses the leadership elements needed and determines the impact of digital leadership on sustainable performance. The aim of this systematic literature review (SLR) is to identify the relationship between digital leadership concepts and leadership development by proposing digital leadership for management development to ensure sustainable performance in an organisation.

Design/methodology/approach

ROSES (RepOrting Standards for Systematics Evidence Syntheses) was used as the publication standard for this systematic literature review, which incorporated a variety of research approaches. For this study's article selection, one of the most important scientific databases, Scopus, was used. Only articles published between 2001 and 2021 were reviewed. The focus of the article was on digital leadership and performance.

Findings

This review identified five main themes: leadership styles, measurements of leadership, antecedents to good leadership, outcomes of good leadership and gaps in current research areas. An additional ten sub-themes were derived from the five primary topics.

Originality/value

This paper systematically reviewed two decades of literature related to digital leadership and its impact on sustainable performance. The findings allow leaders to better understand the leadership trend and develop appropriate leadership practices to overcome future challenges for sustainable performance.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia for Fundamental Research Grant Scheme with Project Code: FRGS/1/2020/SS01/USM/02/14.

Citation

Khaw, T.Y., Teoh, A.P., Abdul Khalid, S.N. and Letchmunan, S. (2022), "The impact of digital leadership on sustainable performance: a systematic literature review", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 41 No. 9/10, pp. 514-534. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-03-2022-0070

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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