Event leadership matters: why a shared approach might be the answer to improved working practices in events

ABSON, Emma, NORMAN, Mark and SCHOFIELD, Peter (2023). Event leadership matters: why a shared approach might be the answer to improved working practices in events. Event Management.

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This research note addresses the substantial theoretical and empirical gaps in understanding event leadership and highlights the need for urgent scholarly attention in this area. In both the events industries and event studies there still exists a prevailing view that leadership is conducted only by those in formal leadership positions. In the wider frame of leadership studies, this view has been largely dismissed. We therefore challenge the conventional view of leadership in the event sector, and call for engagement with contemporary, rather than traditional perspectives of leadership, and a shift in understanding of leadership as an integral aspect of the creation and delivery of event experiences. Specifically, we propose that one of the contemporary theories of leadership, that of shared leadership, provides an effective model that could be developed further by other scholars in order to empirically understand how this theory can improve working practices in events.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1504 Commercial Services; 1506 Tourism; Sport, Leisure & Tourism; 3504 Commercial services; 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour; 3508 Tourism
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3727/152599523x16950749084376
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2023 10:17
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 11:16
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32445

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