This investigation has tried to enhance the understanding of how leadership is made to happen in inter-organizational networks and to provide a more refined understanding of leadership of networks. The importance of studying leadership of networks is underlined by Parkhe, Wasserman and Ralston (2006, p. 560), who note that “networks are reshaping the global business architecture”. Moreover, the “current period is marked by a growing prevalence of the network form of organization. The ubiquity of networks, and networking, at the industry, firm, group, and individual levels has attracted significant research attention” (Parkhe, Wasserman and Ralston, 2006, p. 560). Therefore, the implications of this study extend far beyond networks – to leadership in the 21
century (Barton, Grant and Horn, 2012).