Shared leadership in project teams: An integrative multi-level conceptual model and research agenda

Scott-Young, C., Maged Georgy, and A. Grisinger, Shared leadership in project teams: An integrative multi-level conceptual model and research agenda, , vol. 37, pp. 565– 581, 2019/03/24.


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