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MIS Quarterly Executive

Abstract

Effective project leadership, which goes beyond traditional project management, is essential for successfully deploying IT initiatives that are often overwhelmed with increasing levels of technology and business integration complexity. We identify five distinct project leadership types (Administrator, Technologist, Business Integration Lead, Principal Lead, and Consummate Lead) that can be matched to projects with different complexity levels. Together with the corresponding transformational and transactional behaviors essential for leaders, these five types provide a framework for effective project leadership.

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