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Leadership and Change Management

A Cross-Cultural Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Daphne Halkias, Joseph C. Santora, Nicholas Harkiolakis, Paul W. Thurman


140 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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


About the Editors

Daphne Halkias, PhD is a distinguished academic, researcher, published author, and consultant in the areas of international marketing, family business, coaching and mentoring family businesses, organizational psychology, education and sustainable entrepreneurship. She is Professor of Management Research at International School of Management, Paris, France, a Founding Fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, USA, a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Social Sciences, Cornell University, USA, and Senior Research Fellow at The Center for Youth and Family Enterprise, University of Bergamo, Italy. Dr. Halkias is CEO of Executive Coaching Consultants, and Editor of International Journal of Technology-Enhanced Learning, International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, and International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is a Member of the Family Firm Institute, American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Business Fights Poverty.

Joseph C. Santora, EdD is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Management and Director of Research and Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (E-DBA) doctoral program at Ecole des Ponts Business School, France. He was a Dean and Director of doctoral studies, and has taught in several doctoral, MBA, and IEMBA programs at business schools in Australia, the Balkans, Europe, Georgia, Russia, Taiwan, the UK and the US. Professor Santora was also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. He has written two books, and published more than four dozen refereed articles and teaching cases in ranked journals and 150+ academic and practitioner papers, blogs, cases, book chapters and reviews, along with numerous publishing and presentation awards. His research focuses on coaching, leadership, executive succession and leadership transition in non-profit organizations, family businesses, managing and leading change, and teams. Professor Santora is the founding and current Editor of the International Leadership Journal, an online refereed academic journal devoted to exploring multidisciplinary organizational leadership issues. He has done postdoctoral work at Harvard, Princeton, and New York University, and serves on nine international academic editorial boards. He founded and served as Managing Director of two for-profit companies, and has consulted to more than two dozen non-profit organizations and major corporations in Europe and the US. Professor Santora has also done corporate training for several large multinational companies in Italy and Spain.

Nicholas Harkiolakis, PhD is Vice President for Europe and Middle East and Director of Research for Executive Coaching Consultants. He is Editor of International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies and Associate Editor of International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the author of ‘e-Negotiations: Networking and Cross-Cultural Business Transactions’, ‘Multipreneurship: Diversification in Times of Crisis’, and ‘Leadership Explained: Leading Teams in the 21st Century’. He also teaches graduate courses and supervises dissertations at various universities in France, the UK and the US.

Paul W. Thurman, DrPH is Professor of Management and Analytics at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and at its Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health in New York, USA. His consulting and management experience spans strategic visioning, operations and change management, technology strategy and implementation, and executive coaching. Dr. Thurman has been a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at leading graduate schools including the London Business School and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and is CEO of Thurman and Associates, a consultancy he founded in 2000.

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