An Exploration of Leadership in Virtual Communities of Practice

  • John T. Chrisentary University of Phoenix
  • Dennis E. Barrett University of Pittsburgh and University of Phoenix


This qualitative phenomenological research study represents the personal and professional lived experiences of midlevel leaders’ effective management of virtual committees of practice (VCoP) in medical device companies in the Atlanta metro area. In-depth interviews were conducted with 15 leaders of VCoP from different medical device functional specialties. The study used a combination of the modified van Manen (1990) and van Kaam methods (Moustakas, 1994) to facilitate the analysis of the data gathered through in-depth interviews. This method served as the template for data collection and analysis. The research study revealed common themes after an analysis of data. Six emergent themes were identified: (a) empowerment, (b) communication, (c) trust, (d) encouragement/inspiration, (e) integrity, and (f) connecting with individuals. The research findings revealed a leadership model that relies on the development of genuine leaders/follower relationships to lead a VCoP effectively.

Author Biographies

John T. Chrisentary, University of Phoenix

Dr. Chrisentary Jr., D.M.functions within the medical device industry, creating knowledge-based dynamic global support teams. His continues to develop leaders and teams to function as agile, adaptive, purposeful and successful organizations that build value at the organizational and individual levels.

Dennis E. Barrett, University of Pittsburgh and University of Phoenix

Dr. Barrett a retired School Superintendent and is currently serving as a doctoral advisor at the University of Phoenix.

How to Cite
Chrisentary, J., & Barrett, D. (2017). An Exploration of Leadership in Virtual Communities of Practice. Management:Journal Of Sustainable Business And Management Solutions In Emerging Economies, 20(77), 25-34. Retrieved from