Shared leadership and team creativity: a team level mixed-methods study Academic Article uri icon


  • PurposeThis paper aims to conduct two studies to investigate shared leadership and team creativity (TC) in leaderless short-term project teams (STPTs).Design/methodology/approachTo answer the research question, this paper used a multi-level mixed-methods design. This paper analyzed video recordings, transcripts of STPTs collaboration and self-report surveys from an international engineering competition. In Study 1, this paper attempted to connect relation-oriented shared leadership (ROSL) and task-oriented shared leadership (TOSL) with TC by coding video recordings. In Study 2, this paper further investigated the proposed positive relationship between shared leadership and TC by surveying a sample of 166 students in 51 teams.FindingsIn Study 1, this paper found that shared leadership covaries with TC following a similar behavioral pattern. In Study 2, multi-level structural equation modeling results suggested that both TOSL and ROSL are positively correlated with TC.Originality/valueIn this mixed-methods multi-level research, this paper found that when the teams shared leadership increases, their TC activity becomes frequent. This paper confirmed the qualitative finding by quantitatively investigated the relationship between shared leadership and creativity at the team level.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Xie, L., Han, S. J., Beyerlein, M., Lu, J., Vukin, L., & Boehm, R.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • September 2021