Culture and leadership in Singapore: Combination of the east and the west

Ji Li*, Phyllisis M. Ngin, Albert C.Y. Teo

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    As a newly industrialized economy in Southeast Asia, Singapore stands out as a unique country in terms of culture and leadership style. This uniqueness can be attributed to the influences of both the East and West. In this chapter, we examine Singapore’s unique culture based on the results of our recent study, which is a part of the GLOBE research effort. To better understand the results, we first provide a brief discussion regarding Singapore’s cultural heritage, and then discuss the environmental factors that have influenced the country’s culture and leadership style in recent years. After that, we review past research on leadership style in Singapore. Finally, we report on the findings of our studies and discuss their implications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCulture and Leadership Across the World
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Globe Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies
    EditorsJagdeep S. Chhokar, Felix C. Brodbeck, Robert J. House
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429241161
    ISBN (Print)9780203936665, 9780805859973, 9780367866662
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2007

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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