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Leadership self-development in China and Vietnam

Ren, Shuang, Collins, Ngan and Zhu, Ying 2014, Leadership self-development in China and Vietnam, Asia Pacific journal of human resources, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 42-59, doi: 10.1111/1744-7941.12022.

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Title Leadership self-development in China and Vietnam
Author(s) Ren, ShuangORCID iD for Ren, Shuang orcid.org/0000-0002-8768-8447
Collins, Ngan
Zhu, Ying
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of human resources
Volume number 52
Issue number 1
Start page 42
End page 59
Total pages 18
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-01
ISSN 1038-4111
Keyword(s) China
human resource management
leadership
managers
self-development
Vietnam
Summary The transition towards a socialist market-oriented economy has presented many challenges to both China and Vietnam. One of the key human resource challenges has been to develop business leadership skills in a flexible, timely and cost-effective manner. This paper focuses on the self-initiated approach to professional development that has been introduced by managers at a grassroot level to improve business leadership (referred to as self-development). Given the limited research on self-development in China and Vietnam, the intention of this paper is to enrich understanding of why managers in a complex and dynamic transitional environment undertake self-development activities. The findings of this study suggest that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ paradigm to understand self-development across contexts. First, the western model of leadership competencies at the different management levels do not necessarily fit the needs that managers are targeting in their self-development activities in China and Vietnam. Second, despite some similarities between China and Vietnam, the Chinese managers were more interested in technical leadership skills than the Vietnamese managers whose self-development foci were centred on improving their moral standards. Such differences highlight each country's stage of economic and social development while reinforcing the influence of contextual factors. It also suggests that self-development is best understood as a process within a specific context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1744-7941.12022
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072411

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