Culture and Gender in Leadership Perspectives from the Middle East and Asia

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The overall aim of this volume is to present the research studies carried out in the Middle East and Asia in the fields of culture and gender and their influence on leadership in particular. The cultures and practices of these geographical regions are very much varied and this book, Culture and Gender in Leadership: Perspectives from the Middle East and Asia, brings together analyses of these themes in selected countries of these two regions. The chapter authors use detailed descriptions, case studies and vignettes to speak to the cultural relativism and gender in leadership in these countries and provide a unique and comparative perspective drawn from their own cultures.
This volume also contributes to the development of theory and empirical research found in these regions and through the collective efforts presented in this book, attempts to strengthen the body of knowledge and practice in the fields of culture and gender in leadership. As Asia is becoming the engine of economic growth for the world and Arab Spring is opening up new vistas in the Middle East, this book is a must read.

Author Biography

James Rajasekar is Assistant Professor in the faculty of Management at the College of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. He has over twenty-two years experience of teaching, training, consulting and research in the fields of Strategic Management, Leadership, Cultural Influences in Management, and International Business. His research articles have appeared in national and international journals and were shared in a number of conferences and seminars. Consistently over the years, he has been rated as an effective teacher and trainer by hundreds of students of the graduate and postgraduate programs and also by corporate executives. He received the best paper award from Emerald Literati during 2010 for one of his papers and was also one of the Country Coordinators for India for the GLOBE Project – Phase III between 2000 and 2003 (A Wharton School funded and organized study).
Loo-See Beh is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Malaysia. She is Deputy Dean (International and Higher Degree) and sits on board international journals and reviewers for local and international publications. Her research interests include public policy, public administration, human resource management, communication, leadership, organizational behaviour, sustainable development, and political economy.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview; James Rajasekar and Loo-See Beh
1. Leadership in the East: A Social Capital Perspective; Loo-See Beh and William R. Kennan
2. Visionary Leadership in the Arab World: Its nature and outcomes in the Omani Workplace; James Rajasekar, Salem Al-Abri and Yasser Tabouk
3. Leadership Perspectives from the Philippines: Its implication to theory, research and practice; Francis Thaise A. Cimene and Alan N. Aladano
4. Conceptualising Leadership for a Globalising China; Xiaoran Song and David Beckett
5. Evolving Agencies amidst Rapid Social Change: Political Leadership and State-Civil Society Relations in China; Emile Kok-Kheng Yeoh 
6. Organizational Leadership Decision Making: The Chinese Dimension; Alexander A. Bachkirov
7. Glocalization Of Leadership and Cultural Implications For Higher Education: A German-Saudi Case; Anna M. Danielewicz-Betz
8. Faces Consequences: The Impact of Face on Leadership, Management and Follower Behaviour in Malaysia; Brian T. O'Donoghue
9. Indian Leadership: Concept and Context; Rajesh Kumar and Madhavi Harshadrai Mehta
10. Transformational Leadership in Saudi Arabian Cultural Context: Prospects and Challenges; Sami A. Khan and Deepanjana Varshney
11. Expatriate and Omani Workplace Relationships and Individual Performance; Stuart M. Schmidt, Unnikammu Moideenkutty and Adil Al Busaidi 
12. Glass Fence Thicker than Glass Ceiling: The Puzzling Gaps of Women's Leadership in Korea; Hunmin Kim
13. Why Women are Missing: Women's Leadership in Afghanistan's Education Policy and Practice; Susan Wardak and Edna Mitchell
14. The Development of Arab Women Leaders: An Emirati Perspective; Sarah Alhaj and Constance Van Horne

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