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Virtual Leadership

September 16, 2012

Virtual leadership is to leadership what telecommunication is to communication.

If interaction is communication among people present relying on rich multisensory mutual perception (perception of the others’ perceptions), society, communication among people absent presenting uncertain further possibilities of communication, and organization, communication among people absent but being members of usually the same organization aiming for work, career, and projects, and if management and leadership are both relying on power to take decisions which refer to markets, in the case of management, and to publics and public opinion, in the case of leadership,



If we now consider virtual management and leadership instead of non-virtual one we loose one variable and get:


If management and leadership rely on a calculus comprising the variables of decisions, power, interaction, organization, markets, and publics, the question is how this calculus in the case of virtual management and leadership compensates for the lacking variable.

  1. Hicham issa permalink


  2. i like the notation above … it’s clean … i expect to use it …

    regarding selecting a variable for the schematics for [virtual management | virtual leadership] …

    i recently quipped, to the critical thinker [ton von rheenan], who pointed me at your work … ‘forget form follows function, for me, in the digital era, its [ content + context ] follows data’ …

    i also said … ‘while there is much for me to like about dirk baecker’s work, I haven’t yet found how he treats big data’ …

    my point is … if I applied your [george spencer brown] notation to the emerging phenomena of mass education, it’s starting point would be something like this …

    mass education = [ content | context | data ]

    cf to your notation for university systems

    universities = [teachers offices | researchers offices | administrators offices]

    and for

    virtual management = [decision | data | organisation | community ] where leadership and power may need to reinvent themselves … or be subsumed into existing roles …

    nb to me, massive open online campus’s [mooc’s] are a subset of mass education, and even at 100,000 enrolments per course, mooc’s are exponentially smaller than mass education … which will be measured at 100,000 learning events per second …

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