Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Jessica L. Wildman

Second Advisor

Xinxuan Che

Third Advisor

Michael Slotkin

Fourth Advisor

Mary Beth Kenkel


Team-structured work is prevalent in organizations and the effectiveness of teams greatly depends on the leadership enacted. Ample studies have supported the utility of a more fluid team structure where leadership is the property of the team and members lead one another to achieve goals. However, the mediating team processes and emergent states that make shared leadership effective are largely unknown. This study aims to answer questions regarding how shared leadership enhances team performance by taking a longitudinal approach to examine two interconnected mediators: team knowledge structure and team learning. Characteristics of the team such as size and member heterogeneity are also explored as moderating factors in this relationship. Results and practical implications are discussed.