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Contemporary leadership approaches in Chinese business

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  • Haina Zhang
  • Malcolm H. Cone
  • André M. Everett
  • Graham Elkin
Publication date2012
Host publicationAdvances in Global Leadership
EditorsWilliam H. Mobley, Ying Wang, Ming Li
Place of PublicationBingley
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78052-003-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-78052-002-5
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameAdvances in Global Leadership


This chapter provides research results from a study of contemporary leadership approaches (i.e., paternalistic, charismatic, transformational, aesthetic, authentic, and pragmatic leadership) in eight Chinese organizations. Data were collected from case studies in four private-owned enterprises (POEs) and four state-owned enterprises (SOEs) through both interviews and questionnaires. The main purpose of this chapter is to provide contextual analysis of these findings by applying the concept of field from Bourdieu's sociology. This research contributes to the leadership literature by generalizing Western leadership theories to the Chinese context as well as by giving an insight into contemporary leadership approaches in modern Chinese business by deeply contextualizing these leadership behaviors.