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Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership
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Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership

9781849801805 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Eric H. Kessler, Professor of Management and Founding Director, Lubin Leaders and Scholars Program, Pace University, New York, US and Fellow/Past President, Eastern Academy of Management and Diana J. Wong-MingJi, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Eastern Michigan University, US and President, Sensei Change Associates, LLC
Publication Date: 2010 ISBN: 978 1 84980 180 5 Extent: 416 pp
This ground-breaking book explains how deep-seated cultural mythologies shape contemporary global leaders and provides insights into navigating the dynamics and complexities in today’s era of globalization. The authors use myths to uncover core characteristics and values from 20 different cultural contexts spanning all major regions of the world – the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific Rim – that have evolved over generations and continue to shape global leadership models. Commentaries are included from practicing managers and leaders to provide real world insights on the implications of the ideas discussed. International managers and executives, public officials, business consultants and corporate trainers will welcome the insights on cross-cultural leadership styles. The book will also find interest from researchers and students across a broad array of professional and social science disciplines.

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This ground-breaking book explains how deep-seated cultural mythologies shape contemporary global leaders and provides insights into navigating the dynamics and complexities in today’s era of globalization. The authors use myths to uncover core characteristics and values from 20 different cultural contexts spanning all major regions of the world – the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific Rim – that have evolved over generations and continue to shape global leadership models. Commentaries are included from practicing managers and leaders to provide real world insights on the implications of the ideas discussed. International managers and executives, public officials, business consultants and corporate trainers will welcome the insights on cross-cultural leadership styles. The book will also find interest from researchers and students across a broad array of professional and social science disciplines.
Critical Acclaim
‘My mouth watered when first I saw the publication of this title, as it promised a next step in the exploration of cultural phenomena from within a culture’s view and vision of itself.’
– George Simons, Delta Intercultural Academy

Essential reading for all practitioners and researchers who seek to gain greater insights on cultural differences and leadership competencies.’
– Rosalie Tung, Simon Fraser University, Past President, Academy of Management and author of 11 books including Learning from World Class Companies

‘This fascinating collection of local mythology shows how widely leadership models differ across nations, and how deeply these differences are rooted. True global leadership is based on empathy with local variety.’
– Geert Hofstede, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, author of Culture’s Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations

‘I have yet to come across a more captivating study of global leadership patterns. The reader is taken into largely unchartered territory linking globalisation, culture and leadership. Delving deep into folklore, mythology and spirituality we begin to understand how these are manifested in human behaviour and are exhibited in leadership styles. A must-read!’
– S. Ramadorai, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services

‘. . . intriguing and worthy book . . . If you are a voracious reader of books on leadership and management style, this 4 part book does provide copious food for thought. The extensive bibliographies at the end of every article/chapter offer excellent suggestions for your further reading and research and it’s a great series of 21st century critical commentaries.’
– The Barrister Magazine
Contributors
Contributors: D.N. Abdulai, A. Barhom-Kidron, Y. Baruch, R.G. Berengut, N.D. Cole, P. Friedrich, A.V. Garibaldi de Hilal, S. Gopalakrishnan, D. Greenidge, A. Hatum, R. Kaur, E.H. Kessler, M. Kodama, D. Lamond, R.F. Littrell, D.J. McCarthy, L. Mesquita, M.M. Mostafa, A. Nahavandi, G.O. Ndege, T. Peridis, S.M. Puffer, B.J. Punnett, S.A. Sackmann, S. Shekshnia, T. Shibata, J. Spillan, S.S. Tzafrir, F.O. Walumbwa, D.J. Wong-MingJi, L. Zander, U. Zander, C. Ziemnowicz
Contents
Contents:

Introduction to Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership
Eric H. Kessler, Diana J. Wong-MingJi

PART I: THE AMERICAS
1. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in the United States
Eric H. Kessler

2. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Canada
Nina D. Cole and Rhona G. Berengut

3. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in the Caribbean Islands
Betty Jane Punnett and Dion Greenidge

4. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Argentina
Patricia Friedrich, Andrés Hatum and Luiz Mesquita

5. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Brazil
Adriana V. Garibaldi de Hilal

PART II: EUROPE
6. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Greece
Theodore Peridis

7. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Germany
Sonja A. Sackmann

8. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in England
Romie Frederick Littrell

9. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Sweden
Lena Zander and Udo Zander

10. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Poland
Christopher Ziemnowicz and John Spillan

PART III: AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST
11. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in South Africa
David N. Abdulai

12. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Kenya
Fred O. Walumbwa and George O. Ndege

13. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Iran
Afsaneh Nahavandi

14. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Egypt
Mohamed M. Mostafa and Diana J. Wong-MingJi

15. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Israel
Shay S. Tzafrir, Aviv Barhom-Kidron and Yehuda Baruch

PART IV: ASIA AND THE PACIFIC RIM
16. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in China
Diana J. Wong-MingJi

17. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in India
Shanthi Gopalakrishnan and Rajender Kaur

18. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Russia
Stanislav V. Shekshnia, Sheila M. Puffer and Daniel J. McCarthy

19. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Japan
Tomoatsu Shibata and Mitsuru Kodama

20. Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Australia
David Lamond

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