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Influence of evolving culture on leadership: a study of Fijian cooperatives

Tofinga, Buriata Eti and Douglas, Heather and Singh, Gurmeet (2017) Influence of evolving culture on leadership: a study of Fijian cooperatives. European Business Review, 29 (5). pp. 534-550. ISSN 0955-534X

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    Abstract

    Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine how leadership is shaped by a changing cultural context. Design/methodology/approach – This is an exploratory study based on semi-structured interviews with leaders of Fijian cooperatives. Findings – The political and cultural environment in Fiji has changed over time, and these changing arrangements shape expectations of what is considered to be appropriate leadership in Fijian cooperatives. To be consistent with changing societal values, leaders of Fijian cooperatives employ a context-sensitive hybrid leadership style in which legitimacy is an important dimension. Research implications – Researchers need to examine the cultural context as a dynamic influencing element of leadership. Practical implications – Leaders of cooperatives and similar values-based organizations would benefit from applying a legitimate and context-sensitive hybrid leadership style. Originality/value – This study contributes new understandings of the cultural influences on organizational leadership. Keywords: Leadership, Leadership culture, Fiji, Cooperatives, Hybrid leadership

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership, Leadership culture, Fiji, Cooperatives, Hybrid leadership
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
    Depositing User: Gurmeet Singh
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2017 10:58
    Last Modified: 28 Aug 2017 10:58
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10083
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