Leadership research in Asia: Taking the road less traveled?

Long W. (Rico) Lam*, Xu Huang, Dora C. Lau

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Asia is a geographical region with a cultural emphasis on power distance, paternalism, collectivism, and social relations. Leadership in this area plays an important role in organizational processes and outcomes; however, whether this role is similar to that outlined in the mainstream leadership research and non-Asian settings is yet to be confirmed. In this Special Issue on "Leadership in Asia," we selected six papers and identified four emerging themes. First, several mainstream leadership theories are applicable in Asia. On the other hand, we also identified processes and effects that are unique in Asia. Second, leadership in Asia affects organizational outcomes. Third, a strong emphasis on families and social ties among Asian corporations highlights intriguing leadership dynamics in this part of the world. Finally, new context-specific leadership constructs are identified and discussed. In light of these findings, we discuss the future directions of leadership research in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Asian Context
  • Family Business
  • Indigenous Research
  • Leadership
  • Social Ties


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