Social Networks, Social Media and Dispersed Leadership: Critical Perspectives on Emergent Leadership in African Networks and Social Movements

Date

2013

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

1520-5509

DOI

Volume Title

Publisher

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article aims to provide new insights into organizational leadership and social interaction in networks. The article reports the findings of qualitative research investigating the emergence of a new social movement among Twitter users in Nigeria with wide-ranging ramifications for transformational change and sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa. Data for the study was collected using a variety of interview methodology as well as responses from users of Twitter to a qualitative questionnaire designed specifically to accommodate Twitter's 140-character limit. The results indicate an innovative use of Twitter as a virtual public sphere, the development of a new civil society identified with the Arab Spring and Occupy Movement, an informal network organized through social media and an ambiguous relationship with the old civil society comprised of formal organizations like trade unions and Non Governmental Organizations. This new online social network is characterized by an emergent, dispersed, distributed and participatory leadership.

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Keywords

Social Networks, Social Media, Dispersed Leadership, Distributed Leadership, e-leadership, Virtual Leadership, Emergent Leadership, Africa, Global South, Social Movements, Occupy Movement, Occupy Nigeria, Arab Spring, Online Social Network, Public Sphere, Civil Society, Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Twitter, Participatory Leadership, Leadership Networks, Web 2.0, Sustainable Development, Democracy, Governance, Human Rights, Change, Trade Union

Citation

Ejiogu, C., Adejumo, O. and Szczygiel, A. (2013) Social Networks, Social Media and Dispersed Leadership: Critical Perspectives on Emergent Leadership in African Networks and Social Movements. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 15(4), pp.206-241.

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Research Institute

People, Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)