Network Leadership (B): Global Encyclopaedia of Informality

Published 28 Jun 2019
Reference 6508
Industry Printing Publishing
Region Global
Summary

In less than five years The Global Informality Project evolved from a one scholar's dream to a global network-based research exercise uniting hundreds of people across the world. It produced two volumes of The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, published by UCL Press in early 2018, a wiki-site and dozens of events around the globe. Within a year, the books were downloaded 40,000 times from 156 countries. Work on the first two volumes had been intuitive, experimental, and conducted without major funding. Editor-in-chief Alena Ledenva must now decide how to organize work on the third volume, form the team, secure funding, and re-define her own role.

Teaching objectives

The case offers a comprehensive description of how a global non-profit project is designed, planned and implemented, the challenges to overcome, the leadership practices used, and the role of networks in the project's implementation.

Keywords
  • Leadership
  • Network Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Informal Networks
  • Teams and teaming
  • Global
  • 'Slow-cooking' method
  • Bottom-up management
  • Q41819