Integrated product teams (IPTs) manage the acquisition of modernized military equipment. Since acquisition processes are complex and multi-functional, product management team leaders are not experts in every phase of their projects. Therefore, team leaders rely on member expertise by serving as social architects to orchestrate collaborative work group cultures required to accomplish the teams' missions through shared leadership (Stagnaro & Piotrowski, 2013). Since a comprehensive search of literature revealed a lack of published field studies on shared leadership in product management teams, an in-depth qualitative study was conducted on a successful acquisition IPT that suggested the team portrayed the characteristics of shared leadership.



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