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Academic Journal of Business & Management, 2024, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/AJBM.2024.060319.

Research Status and Enhancement Path of Executive Digital Leadership in the Context of Enterprise Digital Transformation


Wang Shuang

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Wang Shuang

School of Economics and Management, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, China


Digital transformation is an unprecedented technological innovation facing organizations, with enormous business potential and transformational risks. Digital leadership is an important factor in addressing the challenges of digital transformation and has become a key concept in the discussion of the skills managers need to drive digital transformation. In addition, along with the increasing degree of digitization within organizations, the application and expansion of digital technologies have changed the management context and leadership styles of leaders, placing new demands on the digital leadership skills of business leaders. However, the concept of digital leadership has not yet attracted enough attention, and the lack of a scientific evaluation system for digital leadership has led to little research on the path to improve the digital leadership of corporate executives at this stage. Based on this, this study sorted out the conceptual definition and structural dimensions of digital leadership, extended the research on digital leadership, and provided reference and guidance for corporate executives to improve their digital leadership from the macro environment, organization, team, and individual levels.


Digital Leadership; Research Status; Enhancement Path

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Wang Shuang. Research Status and Enhancement Path of Executive Digital Leadership in the Context of Enterprise Digital Transformation. Academic Journal of Business & Management (2024) Vol. 6, Issue 3: 152-157. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJBM.2024.060319.


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