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Doing Complexity Leadership Theory: How agile coaches at Spotify practice enabling leadership
2019 (English)In: Creativity and Innovation Management, ISSN 0963-1690, E-ISSN 1467-8691, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 42-60Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Complexity leadership theory (CLT) is about balancing formal and informal organisation to leverage dynamics of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and produce learning, creativity, and adaptation in organisations. Based on interviews with sixteen agile coaches (AC) at Spotify, this study examines how AC practice enabling leadership, a key balancing force in complexity leadership. Coaches practice enabling leadership by increasing the context-sensitivity of others, supporting other leaders, establishing and reinforcing simple principles, observing group dynamics, surfacing conflict and facilitating and encouraging constructive dialogue. The AC as complexity leader values being present,observing and reacting in the moment. Findings suggest flexible structure provided by an attentive coach may prove a fruitful way to navigate and balance autonomy and alignment in organisations.

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John Wiley & Sons , 2019. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 42-60
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complexity leadership theory, agile development, team coaching, dialogue, enabling leadership, emergence, complex adaptive system, Business Administration, Företagsekonomi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-5888DOI: 10.1111/caim.12303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-5888DiVA, id: diva2:1366212
Available from: 2019-10-28 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2019-10-28Bibliographically approved

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