Staff Publications

Staff Publications

  • external user (warningwarning)
  • Log in as
  • language uk
  • About

    'Staff publications' is the digital repository of Wageningen University & Research

    'Staff publications' contains references to publications authored by Wageningen University staff from 1976 onward.

    Publications authored by the staff of the Research Institutes are available from 1995 onwards.

    Full text documents are added when available. The database is updated daily and currently holds about 240,000 items, of which 72,000 in open access.

    We have a manual that explains all the features 

Record number 410409
Title Leadership for Sustainable Regional Development in Rural Areas: Bridging Personal and Institutional Aspects
Author(s) Horlings, L.G.; Padt, F.J.G.
Source Sustainable Development 21 (2013)6. - ISSN 0968-0802 - p. 413 - 424.
Department(s) Rural Sociology
CL - Urban and Regional Development
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) public-private partnerships - policy
Abstract Rapid transformations offer new challenges for rural regions to invent new pathways for development. For many, an obvious choice is to set out on the path towards economic growth and to compete with other regions for global, mobile capital and labor. There is however an increasing awareness that in the long run regions should anticipate a more sustainable development based on regional qualities. Across Europe new and fascinating forms of shared, value-driven leadership for such sustainable regional development can be observed. This leadership cannot be explained with traditional leadership models derived from management and business literature. In this paper a new leadership model is developed that is both empirically and theoretically informed. The model is shaped along two axes: an ‘individual–collective’ and an ‘inner–outer’ axis. Four leadership dimensions are discerned and described: ‘the X-factor’ (personal qualities, feelings, motives and values), ‘vital space’ (stimulating favorable behavior by flexible roles and building vital coalitions), ‘shared leadership’(working across organizational boundaries) and ‘bricolage’ (connecting networks in institutional arrangements). We have applied this model in eight cases of rural regional development in the Netherlands. The cases show that sustainable regional development benefits from shared leadership where collective values, feelings, trust, commitment and energy form the basis for mobilizing private and public actors around a joint agenda in regional networks. Leaders can in this sense contribute to new regional agendas and the exploration of new pathways to sustainability
There are no comments yet. You can post the first one!
Post a comment
Please log in to use this service. Login as Wageningen University & Research user or guest user in upper right hand corner of this page.