The purpose of this project was to explore and study shared leadership within a volunteer organization. This were done in collaboration with Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, which is a part of the international organization ActionAid. The projects scope was only the Danish department of this organization.
We took a phenomenological explorative approach. Our empirical research is based on observations with two volunteer groups and were supplemented by an interview with a middle manager within the organization. While gathering this empirical data we used theories spanning from macro- to microlevel. These theories were selected based on an earlier interview with Michael Reidel, who is head of secretariat in “Roskilde Frivilligcenter”.
The empirical data infer certain findings, which were analyzed in combination with Mintzberg’s organizational configurations to give an understanding how the organization structure supports and allows shared leadership. Furthermore, we examined the benefits and disadvantages of shared leadership in the two volunteer groups, we observed.
Shared Leadership theory and its conceptual model in combination with Complex Responsive Process gave us insight in the micro processes, which elucidate elements of the relation between the volunteering in the organization. Through this approach, the project found that the shared leadership within Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke made room for individuals to gain greater influence over the decision making even with a democratic voting system present within the volunteer group. This was especially visible in the most mature volunteer group in this case.
However, the decision-making process can be difficult in shared leadership because it has to include the whole group instead of just the leader.
|Uddannelser||Virksomhedsledelse, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||30 maj 2018|
|Vejledere||Kaare Bjørn Thomsen|
- Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke
- Delt ledelse