Effect of transformational leadership in a cross-cultural organization: A case study

by Seaver, David S., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 92 pages; 3390329

Abstract:

This study attempted to evaluate leadership style in a multi-cultural organization. There has been an increase in acquisitions of U.S. companies by multinational and global organizations; a trend that continues to reconfigure the global business culture with a multinational workforce. Globalization has resulted in a rapidly changing international business environment that is complex, contradictory, ambiguous, and volatile (Allen, 1991; Bennis, 1985). Population and business trends combine to create a situation where expatriate CEOs and managers will run U.S. based organizations within the United States. Russette, Scully, and Preziosi (2008) believe cultural issues in leadership should be studied to reveal differences between cultures in an effort to help leaders become more successful.

Leadership has been studied extensively in United States based organizations and cultures and researchers have defined and developed various leadership theories in an attempt to more clearly define leadership practices (Bass, 1985; Blanchard, 1991; Burns, 1978; Fiedler, 1967; Graen & Cashman, 1975; Locke, 1991; Katz, 1954; McGregor, 1960; Stogdill, 1948). Transformational leadership has been well studied and documented to be effective in U.S. based organizations; however, transformational and transactional tactics used by leaders may vary in the levels of success in differing cultures (Jung & Avolio, 1999; Walumbwa, 2005). Currently, research in the area of leadership of cross-cultural workforces by host country managers is lacking (Brain & Lewis, 2004).

This paper will evaluate the leadership of a U.S. based organization acquired by a German conglomerate and will focus on the implementation of transformational leadership by a host country manager in a multicultural organization with a recent history of expatriate management.

AdviserJohn A. Machnic
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3390329

About ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
With nearly 4 million records, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It is the database of record for graduate research.

PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Of the nearly 4 million graduate works included in the database, ProQuest offers more than 2.5 million in full text formats. Of those, over 1.7 million are available in PDF format. More than 90,000 dissertations and theses are added to the database each year.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the ProQuest Web site - http://www.proquest.com - or contact ProQuest Support.