Philosophical Perspectives on Technology Leadership

Philosophical Perspectives on Technology Leadership

Jenny L. Daugherty (Purdue University, USA), Nathan J. Mentzer (Purdue University, USA), Daniel O. Lybrook (Purdue University, USA) and Julie Little-Wiles (Indiana University-Purdue University, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2656-0.ch003


As an introduction to the concept of technology leadership, literature on the philosophy of leadership and technology is explored and synthesized to offer a perspective of the technology leader. After a review of the research, a technology leader is described as an individual who enables others to effectively and successfully use, manage, assess, and understand technologies of the designed world. The technology leader is critical as our complex, global society becomes increasingly dependent on technology. The technology leader is equipped within their particular context to make informed, value-laden decisions, and participate in guiding technological development.
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Leadership is a ubiquitous topic, not only in popular press, but in academic research. The study of leadership as an organized social-scientific endeavor emerged in the early 1930s (House & Aditya, 1997). Bass and Bass (2008) argue that there are numerous definitions of leadership that have often obscured the line between leadership and other positions or processes. The many dimensions into which leadership has been cast and the overlapping meanings offered in the literature have “added to the confusion” (Bass & Bass, 2008, p.15). Each new decade has generated different views of leadership from “inducing obedience,” to moving the organization in a specific direction, to the art of persuading, influencing, or “inspiring others” (p.15). Although there are several definitions of leadership, in reviewing the theoretical foundations of leadership research, it is apparent that consistent threads have emerged.

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