Intergroup leadership in organizations: leading across group and organizational boundaries

Michael A. Hogg, Daan Van Knippenberg, David E. Rast III

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Intergroup leadership-leadership of collaborative performance of different organizational groups or organizations-is associated with unique intergroup challenges that are not addressed by traditional leadership theories. To address this lacuna, we describe a theory of intergroup leadership. Firmly grounded in research on social identity and intergroup relations, the theory proposes that effective intergroup performance rests on the leader's ability to construct an intergroup relational identity. We describe key leadership actions to establish such an identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-255
Number of pages24
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012

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  • leadership
  • inter-organizational relations
  • group behavior
  • social identity


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