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The confinement and empowerment of Muslim leadership within the 'iron cage of cultural complexity': the case of an Islamic setting within Australia

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posted on 2019-03-22, 00:00 authored by Kenneth Parry, N Faris
Academy of Management. The purpose of this empirical research is to address leadership within a complex multicultural context; namely Islamic organizations within a contemporary Western society (Australia). The researchers utilized qualitative analysis of triangulated, predominantly qualitative data. The analysis drew on core elements of grounded theory. It was found that both macro- and micro-dimensions of culture had an impact on Australian Muslim understandings of leadership and subsequently had an impact on leading. The analysis also uncovered intra- and inter-cultural complexity within Muslim organizations. The concept of an 'iron cage' of micro-cultures emerged to integrate these findings. An abstract storyline is posed wherein a new leadership identity will facilitate empowerment and uncertainty resolution about the stress of cultural complexity, resulting in more effective leadership.

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Journal of management and organization

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1 - 21

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Cambridge University Press

Location

Cambridge, Eng.

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1833-3672

Language

eng

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C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2019, Cambridge University Press and Australian and New Zealand

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