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Making sense of business leadership vis-à-vis china’s reform and transition

Ren, Shuang and Zhu, Ying 2015, Making sense of business leadership vis-à-vis china’s reform and transition, Leadership and organization development journal, vol. 36, no. 7, pp. 867-884, doi: 10.1108/LODJ-03-2014-0047.

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Title Making sense of business leadership vis-à-vis china’s reform and transition
Author(s) Ren, ShuangORCID iD for Ren, Shuang orcid.org/0000-0002-8768-8447
Zhu, Ying
Journal name Leadership and organization development journal
Volume number 36
Issue number 7
Start page 867
End page 884
Total pages 18
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2015-09-07
ISSN 0143-7739
Keyword(s) Business leadership
China
Contextual boundaries
Transition
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the contemporary paradigm of business leadership vis-à-vis China’s reform and transitional context. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs an evidence-based approach to explore the business leadership issues influenced by economic reform and within the context of societal transition in China. A qualitative research method was adopted based on in-depth interviews with a number of middle managers from a variety of Chinese enterprises, including state-owned, domestic-private and foreigninvested enterprises. Content analysis of several rounds of interviews added depth to the data analysis. Findings – The findings complement existing thoughts and illustrate concepts, issues, and characteristics not yet emphasized in mainstream literature. General patterns and associated characteristics of business leadership in China, as well as specific patterns associated with different forms of enterprise ownerships, are identified. Research limitations/implications – The study makes a timely and necessary contribution that enriches context-specific understandings of business leadership against the backdrop of surrounding economic, social, and cultural changes. Practical implications – The study enriches understandings of commonalities and differences in leadership across the globe, facilitating working collaboratively to achieve common goals in a global community. Originality/value – The study offers new insights into business leadership by linking contextual, personal, and cognitional factors together and demonstrates some unique characteristics of leadership styles in transitional economies like China.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/LODJ-03-2014-0047
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Emerald Group Publishing
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078389

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