The purpose of this paper is to propose information leadership as a concept for describing the activity of leading information processes in organizations and society, and consequently, to distinguish and articulate the influence and consequences of making decisions about the use, organization, and management of information resources and information infrastructures.
This paper defines information leadership as the leadership of information resources and infrastructures in contrast to the leadership of social knowledge processes, knowledge, and organizational learning. The distinction helps to explain the informational premises of knowledge in organizations, articulate the difference of the infrastructural and social forms of leadership, and to be more explicit about the respective consequences of information and information infrastructures and knowledge held and practiced within an organization and on its boundaries.
The concept of information leadership can be used both for describing the activity of leading the development and using information resources and infrastructures in organizations and for articulating the influence and consequences of making decisions about the use, organization, and management of information resources and information infrastructures.
To the knowledge of the authors, this is the first time information leadership is defined comprehensively in the context of information and knowledge management and specifically about knowledge leadership.