The team members’ expertise has been shown to increase team effectiveness when it is actively coordinated. While in face-to-face teams such expertise coordination unfolds through direct interaction, expertise coordination in dispersed teams is unlikely to evolve automatically. In this context, shared leadership, that is, the distribution of leadership influence across multiple team members is argued to serve as initiating mechanism for expertise coordination.
Muethel, M. and Hoegl, M. (2016), "Expertise Coordination over Distance: Shared Leadership in Dispersed New Product Development Teams", Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts (Monographs in Leadership and Management, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 327-348. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-357120160000008012
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