Distributed Leadership and Digital Innovation: The Argument For Couple Leadership, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Distributed Leadership and Digital Innovation

The Argument For Couple Leadership, 1st Edition

By Caterina Maniscalco


80 pages

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Hardback: 9780367361488
pub: 2019-12-16
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When it comes to digital innovation, much research has been done with regard to the optimization of teams, but little attention has been given to leadership structures. This book presents a comprehensive research background on innovation leadership and its evolution over the years, examining how it has been shown to reflect the thinking needed today for organizations to succeed.

This timely book proposes a refreshing and contemporary perspective on leadership that aims to address many of the challenges that leaders in digital innovation are faced with every day. With insights and experiences from other digital innovation leaders, as well as an auto-ethnographical case study, it will be of value to researchers, academics, practitioners, and students with an interest in leadership, innovation management; digital innovation, organization studies, and organizational psychology.


"Longstanding views that favor heroism in leadership are coming to an end. This book is an excellent contribution to our understanding of alternatives to the way leadership is exercised in twenty-first-century organisations. The book is refreshing and opens up really important debates, especially in a time in which alternative ways of organizing are emerging."—Dr. Jose Bento Da Silva

"Maniscalco makes a compelling case for Couple Leadership, the new paradigm for leadership within the digital sector. By dissecting the model and analyzing its practice, she lays bare the benefits it brings and how it navigates the pitfalls all too often succumbed to in traditional approaches to the role of digital innovation. Engaging from an academic perspective, her hypotheses are backed up with real-world explorations and practical tools to put the theory into immediate use in the workplace, making this a must-read for digital innovation leaders, both old and new, as well as those working in proximity to such business functions." –Prask Sutton, CEO of Wi5

Table of Contents






Data and Research

Chapter 1: Innovation Leadership Landscape

The Elusive Formula for Innovation Leadership Success

Defining Innovation Leadership Success

Chapter 2: Digital Innovation Leadership: Candid Accounts

Business Decisions and Prioritization Criteria

Managing Risk

Demands and Expectations

A License to Fail

Narcissism and the Leader Persona




Chapter 3: The Couple Leadership Model

Distributed Leadership

Established or Inferred Co-Leadership

Auto-Ethnographical Case Study

Practical Application of the Model

For Organizations Hiring Into a Couple Leadership Model

For Digital Innovation Leaders Adopting the Model

Performance Assessment


Argument Summary

Recommended Further Research




About the Author

Caterina Maniscalco is a partner at a management consultancy firm based in London. She has 20 years’ global experience across a wide array of industries in the fields of digital innovation and digital transformation. Informed by a multidisciplinary background that includes, among others, technical development, design disciplines, coaching, and strategy, her areas of focus in recent years have been leadership excellence, culture and behavior change, and experience design.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development