The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Perception of Management Students Towards E-Leadership

Article Details
Pub. Date : October, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJOB131021
Author Name : Syed Hassan Abdullah and Sitamma Mikkilineni
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 11



Information technology tools have proven to be the desired response for sustaining organizational performance. The paper examines the perceptions of students towards e-leadership. It is based on the observations obtained through a survey from 105 students. An important finding in this paper is that e-leaders will encourage the exchange of information in the organization. The swift decisions, continuous sense of urgency and speed have made e-leadership a vital part of the organization. However, this has certain limitations such as misunderstanding, lack of trust and empathy.


The global economy has been witnessing a major shift in recent times. There is a fundamental change in the way organizations build new markets and relate to their stakeholders. The adoption of Advanced Information Technology (AIT) like video conferencing, virtual teams, group decision support systems, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and cloud computing has had important effects on organizations and the employees. Consequently, leadership processes are continuing to develop through the support of these technologies.

The term e-leadership was first introduced by Avolio et al. (2001) to describe leadership in a new emerging context and develop a nomological framework for analyzing it using the adaptive Structuration theoretical framework. The framework assumes that technology influences organizational structures including leadership and these in turn influence the use of technology. Avolio et al. (2014) proposed that the effects of AIT interact with and help to develop leadership and leadership itself is transformed when interacting with and adopting AIT. E-leadership is defined by them as "a social influence process embedded in both proximal and distal contexts mediated by AIT that can produce a change in attitudes, feelings, thinking, behavior, and performance".