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Leadership and Change Management
A Cross-Cultural Perspective

ISBN 9780367595364
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

A leader’s role in the management of change is a critical issue for successful outcomes of strategic initiatives. Globalization and economic instability have prompted an increase in organizational changes related to downsizing and restructuring in order to improve financial performance and organizational competitiveness.

Researchers agree that a leader’s inability to fully understand what is needed in order to guide their organization through successful change can be a reason for failure. Proper planning and management of change can reduce the likelihood of failure, promote change effectiveness, and increase employee engagement. Yet, change in organizations must be viewed as a continuous activity that affects both organizational and individual outcomes. If change management can be considered as an event induced by socio-cultural factors, the cultural variable gains greater significance when applied to the quality of the relationship between a leader and their team. Many organizations today are on the verge of internationalization. It is here that the cultural context can affect behaviors and, in the same way, leadership style.

The research presented in this book by an eminent group of scholars explores the influence of culture – ethnic, regional, religious – on how leaders manage change within organizations.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Chapter 1 Change leadership in a cross-cultural context: aA case study of Italy and Australia

Mary Barrett

Chapter 2 Leading organizational change in a Brazilian multinational: crisis and restructuring in Globo organizations

Emmanouela Mandalaki, Gazi Islam, Filipe Sobral

Chapter 3 A leader with open mind and heart: a case study on leadership and change management from Colombia

Melquicedec Lozano, Kathy Overbeke

Chapter 4 The role of change management in Cyprus organizations

Marcos Komodromos

Chapter 5 Young, Estonian and female: a leader of the new generation

Mari Kooskora, Marta Piigli

Chapter 6 Leadership and change management: Regards Croisés from small and large companies in France

Marina Niforos in collaboration with Ariane Cherel

Chapter 7 It is not a way of making money; it is a way of life: the Apivita Case

Maria Vakola, Dimitris Bourantas, Marina Karli

Chapter 8 Leadership and change management: an Indian perspective

Shefali Nandan

Chapter 9 Leading an expatriate workforce

Simon Jones

Chapter 10 Leadership and change management: case study of a manufacturing firm in Lebanon

Janine Saba Zakka, Renee Sabbagh Ghattas

Chapter 11 Te toka tū moana: Māori leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand

Franco Vaccarino, Steve Elers

Chapter 12 Living the Shell core values

Andrea Santiago

Chapter 13 Leadership and change management: a cross-cultural perspective from Russia

Natalia Vinokurova, Vyacheslav Boltrukevich, Alexander Naumov

Chapter 14 Aye Bin? Leading a changing ‘traditional’ Scottish family business

Claire Seaman

Chapter 15 Transformative leadership: a Swedish case

Cecilia Bjursell

Chapter 16 The impact of early multicultural experience on later creative leadership: a case study of the influence of Barack Obama’s early years

Grant Jewell Rich

Chapter 17 Special Topic: leadership and change management in military training programs

Joseph E. Hamlett



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