Lin, Y and Kelemen, ML and Kiyomiya, T (2016) The role of community leadership in disaster recovery projects: Tsunami lessons from Japan. International Journal of Project Management. ISSN 1873-4634

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Abstract

While project management has been effectively applied to many fields and sectors, disaster management has yet to see its full benefits. This inductive study generates insights about the nature and role of ‘active leadership’ (LaBrosse, 2007) in the context of a community led recovery project in Minami-sanriku, Japan, an area affected by the 2011 tsunami. Community leaders displayed ‘active leadership’ evidenced in 1) the effective identification of project objectives and relevant stakeholders, 2) the efficient management of stakeholder engagement and 3) the robust understanding of the socio-cultural context in which the Nagasuka Beach Recovery Project took place. This multi-disciplinary and inductive study highlights the need to train project managers (be they community leaders or otherwise) in both technical and soft leadership skills: the former ensure that Project Management methodologies are clearly understood and applied; the latter facilitate the adaptation of these methodologies to the specific socio-cultural locales in which recovery projects take place.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is made available online in accordance with the publishers policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version.
Uncontrolled Keywords: active leadership; stakeholder management; community leaders; disaster recovery projects; case study; Japanese culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
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?? active leadership ??
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?? disaster recovery projects ??
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Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 13:38
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 13:38
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2359

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