Leadership Competencies for Digital Transformation: Evidence from Multiple Cases

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1209)


Digital transformation (DT) is disrupting industrial organizations, which require significant changes in their properties to remain competitive. This calls for strong leadership to drive this transformation. However, what leadership competencies are required to lead DT impactfully is unclear. Therefore, we seek to identify the key leadership competencies by employing a qualitative, grounded theory approach. By conducting interviews of ten DT experts from two hardcore industrial organizations, we highlight five key leadership competencies that industrial organizations need to develop in their leaders: digital vision, digital knowledge, failing fast, empowerment, and managing diverse teams. The results of this study will help industrial organizations to strategically prepare their leadership for the requirements of DT.


Digital transformation Leadership Competencies Digitalization Industry 4.0 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Technology and InnovationUniversity of VaasaVaasaFinland

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