A qualitative investigation on combined effects of distant leadership, organisational agility and digital collaboration on perceived employee engagement
Leadership & Organization Development Journal
Article publication date: 13 May 2020
Issue publication date: 30 May 2020
Environments coined as “VUCA” (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) are hotbeds for new modi operandi in organisations that involve a shift from face-to-face towards distant leadership, as well as from “classical” towards agile organisation principles.
At the same time, digital collaboration tools have found their way into daily business operations. As the above changes arguably leave deep imprints on performance indicators, our work accordingly illuminates potential impacts on employee engagement. Based on a German sample, we conduct a qualitative investigation featuring in-depth interviews.
Our findings indicate a curvilinear inverted (approximate) U-shaped relation between what we dub “leadership richness continuum” (including specific characteristics of leadership, agility, as well as the application of a digital collaboration tool) and engagement.
Although our work may inspire practicing managers, we also contribute to theory development providing a new theoretical model for employee engagement.
Busse, R. and Weidner, G. (2020), "A qualitative investigation on combined effects of distant leadership, organisational agility and digital collaboration on perceived employee engagement", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 535-550. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-05-2019-0224
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