A meta-analysis of distributed leadership from 2002 to 2013: Theory development, empirical evidence and future research focus

Meng Tian, Mika Risku, Kaija Collin

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Abstract

This article provides a meta-analysis of research conducted on distributed leadership from 2002 to 2013. It continues the review of distributed leadership commissioned by the English National College for School Leadership (NCSL) (Distributed Leadership: A Desk Study, Bennett et al., 2003), which identified two gaps in the research during the 1996–2002 period. The review found that the studies had been unable to conceptualise distributed leadership or empirically outline its application. The two research gaps identified by Bennett et al. (2003) constitute the focus of the present review, which attempts to determine whether recent research has been able to fill these gaps. Based on the findings of the present meta-analysis, the authors recommend directions for future studies on distributed leadership
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-164
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date27 Feb 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Distributed leadership
  • leadership as a resource
  • leadership as agency
  • meta-analysis

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