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A descriptive approach to analyze the effects of digitalization on leadership

  • Digitalization is one of the global megatrends of the 21st century. With the increase of mobile technology, constant connectivity, and data analytics, organizations are forced to become more digital to keep up with the increasingly digital world. This research addresses the changing role of leadership due to digitalization. It examines factors which need to be considered when driving digital transformation in organizations as well as leadership competencies necessary in the digital age. Finally, the research addresses the resistance to digital transformation in organizations. To investigate how leadership is affected by digitalization, qualitative research is carried out. The research is based on published secondary data. The findings of this research suggest the growing importance of leadership in the digital age. Leadership needs to approach digitalization actively, thus driving digital transformation in organizations to stay competitive in the increasingly digital world. Further, the research suggests six leadership competencies which are essential in times of digital transformation and identifies two leadership roles which have arisen in recent years due to digitalization. Finally, the research proposes ways to overcome resistance to digital transformation.

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Author:Shahla Panahi
Advisor:Nikola Hale
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2018
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Release Date:2018/03/01
Tag:CDO; Chief digital officer; Corporate culture; Digital leadership; Digital transformation; Digitalization; Leadership; Leadership competencies
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management
Functional area:Andere/Other
Open-Access-Status: Closed Access 
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt