Distributed leadership as fashion or fad
Lumby, J. (2016). Distributed learning as fashion or fad. Management in Education 30(4), 161-167.
This article is from a K-12 perspective about distributed leadership; however, its message applies to higher education as well. Distributed leadership (DL), a subtext to shared leadership and a theoretical cousin, has increased in popularity over the last 15 or 20 years as a way to increase participation in decision-making and, thus, improve the outcomes of schools. The authors argue that there is no consensus on a definition of distributed leadership and how the DL theoretical framework may be "snake oil."