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A silent cry for leadership : organizing for leading (in) clusters

Hibbert, P.C. and Sydow, J. and Lerch, F. and Huxham, C. (2010) A silent cry for leadership : organizing for leading (in) clusters. Leadership Quarterly, 22 (2). pp. 328-343. ISSN 1048-9843

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Leadership research so far has neglected clusters as a particular context for leadership, while research on networks and clusters has hardly studied leadership issues. This paper fills this dual gap in the abundant research on leadership on the one hand and on networks/clusters on the other by investigating leadership in photonics clusters from a structuration perspective. Apart from giving an insight into the variety and patterns of leadership practices observed, the paper addresses the dilemma that regional innovation systems such as clusters usually have a critical need of some kind of leadership, but that neither individual nor organizational actors wish to be led. This dilemma can only be ‘managed’ by organizing for leading (in) clusters in a certain way.