Off to new pastures: Exploring Tensions Between Followers and Leaders in the Automotive Industry Challenging the Adoption of Digital Leadership

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The automotive industry is driving digitalization at high speed to optimize operations, gain new business opportunities, and close the gap with new, leading competitors from the IT industry. Although the automotive industry aims for digital leadership (DL) to transfer from antecedent physical products to new pastures of digital services, the adoption is challenged by tensions in the follower–leader relationship (FLR). To identify these tensions for the first time in research, we analyzed DL in the automotive industry from a follower and leader perspective. Based on 25 interviews, the results extend existing research on the adoption of DL in the automotive industry by (a) identifying four configurations of digital leadership adoption stages causing tensions in the FLR which impede the adoption of DL and (b) four strategies for managing the tensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 55th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences : January 3-7, 2022
EditorsTung X. Bui
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherHICSS Conference Office
Publication date2022
Pages7004-7013
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9981331-5-7
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Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - online, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 03.01.202207.01.2022
Conference number: 55
https://hicss.hawaii.edu/

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Collection Socio-technical Issues in Organizational Information Technologies

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  • Business informatics - Socio-technical Issues in Organizational Information Technologies, Digital leadership, digital transformation, follower-leader-relationship, Leadership 4.0, Socio-technical Issues in Organizational Information Technologies digital leadership digital transformation follower-leader-relationship leadership 4.0 organizational transformation

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