Researcher from Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences implements / Researchers from University of Latvia implement the international scientific project "E-leadership in municipal administrations: the post-pandemic analysis (E-LEADER)” since February, 2023.

The goal of the project is to continue the collaboration in research of a Baltic-German expert group of e-leadership in public sector contexts; to prepare a research instrument of e-leadership for the focus group method (post-pandemic qualitative country-comparison); and to conduct a focus-group based study of e-leadership, comprising German, Lithuanian and Latvian municipal administrations.

The project will continue 9 months (February - October, 2023).

This project once again brought together a group of researchers-experts: project manager – assoc. prof. Dr Rita Toleikienė and assoc. prof. Dr Vita Juknevičienė (Vilnius University, Lithuania), prof. Dr Irma Rybnikova (Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany), prof. Dr Iveta Reinholde and assoc. prof. Dr Inese Abolina (University of Latvia, Latvia).

This research is focused on determining how the application of information and communication technologies (hereinafter - ICT) affected leadership processes and how the e. leadership develops: how processes and content have changed, what measures in municipal administrations are aimed to reduce the social isolation of employees and to increase their motivation in the post-pandemic period. This is a continuous project of the group of researchers – the first project was implemented in 2019, analyzing e-leadership practices in self-government in the pre-pandemic period. So the research on the topic of e-leadership will be continued in order to analyze post-pandemic practices of leadership using ICT in municipal administrations in Lithuania, Latvia and Germany.

This project of the Baltic-German University Liaison Office is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic Germany ((1.78) SU-501, 2023-03-13).