Chapter 27: Leadership and knowledge construction in a networked perspective
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This chapter explores ways in which network research can contribute to conceptualising and studying leadership, and in particular the role of leadership in teachers’ knowledge construction. By connecting conceptualisations of learning with leadership models, it argues that network research is relevant for understanding the link between leadership as a distributed phenomenon and knowledge construction. It distinguishes two areas in network research: networks as an analytical lens (with social network analysis as a prominent methodology) and the study of networks as social organisations. Building on theories of distributed and system leadership, the chapter extends the concept of networked leadership identifying two components: “leadership of networks” and “leadership in networks”. Then, drawing on the growing body of network literature, it illustrates the ways in which the two areas of network research contribute to understanding networked leadership and its role in knowledge construction. It concludes by suggesting future directions for leadership research.

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