Leadership and culture in Asia : the case of Malaysia

Jogulu, Uma and Ferkins, Lesley 2012, Leadership and culture in Asia : the case of Malaysia, Asia pacific business review, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 531-549, doi: 10.1080/13602381.2012.690301.

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Title Leadership and culture in Asia : the case of Malaysia
Author(s) Jogulu, Uma
Ferkins, Lesley
Journal name Asia pacific business review
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 531
End page 549
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-10
ISSN 1360-2381
Keyword(s) Asia
national culture
transactional leadership
transformational leadership
Summary This study advances prior theoretical research by investigating the influence of cultural forces in our understanding of leadership. The research provides new insights by linking transformational and transactional leadership to the Malaysian cultural environment. Using a quantitative approach by administering the multifactor leadership questionnaire MLQ-5x-short, 138 usable responses were analysed. Findings indicate that cultural foundations contribute significantly to transformational leadership behaviours to facilitate the creation of a harmonious leader–subordinate relationship. Furthermore, this study contributes to an understanding of how specific leaders' behaviours are affected by cultural forces, and reveals leadership attributes that are contingent upon dynamic environmental conditions. The study extends beyond the obvious, and reveals subtle yet important culture-specific differences. The Malaysian managers, regardless of gender, show a preference for leading within the transformational leadership framework. This has led us to infer that cultural forces do indeed play an important role in determining leadership styles.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13602381.2012.690301
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
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