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Acta Commercii

versão On-line ISSN 1684-1999
versão impressa ISSN 2413-1903


MUNSAMY, Mervin; DHANPAT, Nelesh  e  BARKHUIZEN, Emmerentia N.. The development and validation of a digital leadership competency scale. Acta Commer. [online]. 2023, vol.23, n.1, pp.1-15. ISSN 1684-1999.

ORIENTATION: The advent of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and its digital disruptions require new competencies from leaders to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of business enterprises. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of the study was to develop and validate a scale to measure the digital leadership competencies that will enable employees to remain relevant. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: Despite a proliferation of empirical studies on 4IR and its impact on leadership, validated assessments of leadership competencies for the digital age are scarce. RESEARCH APPROACH, DESIGN AND METHOD: A quantitative research approach was followed with data collected from employees (N = 241) from a multinational company in the technology and engineering industry. A newly developed digital leadership competency. questionnaire was distributed electronically to the respondents. The data was analysed using the SPSS and AMOS programmes. The data analyses included descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analyses and reliability analyses. MAIN FINDINGS: The results confirmed and supported a valid and reliable six-dimensional leadership competence assessment supported by sub-competencies. The six competences include embracing digital, leadership facilitating the digital drive, digital adaptiveness and resilience, cultivating a digital culture and digital skills and digital competitiveness intelligence. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: The digital leadership competency scale can be used to assess and develop employee competencies, which will positively affect business performance. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: The study provides a holistic digital leadership competency framework that encompasses generational theory as well as levels of work theory.

Palavras-chave : digital competency framework; digital leadership; fourth industrial revolution; leadership competence; digital leadership competency scale.

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