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Leadership in East Asia Globalization, Innovation and Creativity in Japan, South Korea and China

Edited By Chris Rowley, Ingyu Oh Copyright 2019
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book compares and contrasts leadership in Japan, South Korea and China, examining the impact of globalization on leadership styles and trends.

    Presenting some of the most recent findings in leadership studies in these three countries, the collection explores the power relationship between political and business leaders; employer-employee relationships and pro-social behaviour; the measurement of effective leadership; the relationship between leadership and corporate success; the survival of private firms in a tightly controlled or socialist market; and the evolution of leadership styles in the transition from state-owned to semi-private.

    Although many studies have offered explanations of East Asian economic and corporate success, this book presents empirical evidence to explain the leadership styles in Japan, South Korea and China, and provides a fresh outlook for those studying business and leadership in the region. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Asia Pacific Business Review.

    Foreword – Changing facets of leadership in East Asia: globalization, innovation and performance in Japan, South Korea and China

    Dave Ulrich

    Introduction – Changing facets of leadership in East Asia: globalization, innovation and performance in Japan, South Korea and China

    Chris Rowley, Jun Ishikawa and Ingyu Oh

    1. From business to politics: cross-border CEOs and political leadership in Japan and South Korea

    Ingyu Oh and Taichi Takahara

    2. Formal voice mechanisms and portfolio career workers’ prosocial voice in Japan and Korea: the mediating role of managers’ issue-related leadership activities

    Seonjo Kim and Jun Ishikawa

    3. Development and validation of a situational judgement test of Japanese leadership knowledge

    Toshio Murase, Adam Roebuck and Kiyoshi Takahashi

    4. Determinants of organizational performance: some implications for top executive leadership in Korean firms

    Jungwon Yoon and Moon-Gi Suh

    5. Chivalrous idealist and pragmatic strategist: the influence of Mohist values on Ma Yun’s leadership in China

    Yaping Zhou, Suwan Kim and Donggen Rui

    6. Neutralizing environmental uncertainties: the evolution of leadership in the South Korean TV station, KBS

    Soel-Ah Kim

    7. New perspectives on East Asian leadership in the age of globalization: local grounding and historical comparisons in the Asia Pacific region

    Chris Rowley, Ingyu Oh and Wonho Jang


    Chris Rowley is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College at the University of Oxford, UK, and Professor Emeritus at Cass Business School at City, University of London, UK. He has over 30 years of experience of many university systems in the UK, Europe, and Asia and has won several international grants. He is the editor of three journals, including the Asia Pacific Business Review, and has published over 700 articles, books, chapters, and practitioner pieces. He regularly provides interviews, expert comments, and opinion pieces to the international media, including news services, TV, radio, and practitioner outlets.

    Ingyu Oh is a Professor of International Business at Kansai Gaidai University, Japan. He has spent most of his academic career in teaching and research in the area of Japanese, South Korean, and Taiwanese corporations, with an emphasis on leadership, governance, innovation, and organizational evolution. He is currently the President of the World Association for Hallyu Studies.