Answering to calls for further contextualizing global leadership, this study investigates power dynamics and cultural identities in global leadership in an African context. We took a grounded theory approach to investigate how a specific cultural context shapes assets and liabilities of global leaders. Drawing on our data comprising semi-structured interviews of managers of multinational enterprises operating in Ghana, we identified key assets and liabilities for being local or foreign in one’s global leadership role. Furthermore, we theorize four specific styles of leadership leveraging: identity leveraging, power leveraging, juxtapositional leveraging, and temporal leveraging. Finally, we integrated the above-mentioned elements and proposed a framework of contextualized assets and liabilities which illustrates how specific cultural context affects the assets and liabilities of localness and foreignness for global leaders, and how these assets and liabilities constitute the four styles of leveraging in such context. Implications of our findings for research and practice are discussed.
Gyamfi, N. and Lee, Y. (2019), "Toward a Framework of Contextualized Assets and Liabilities in Global Leadership: Identity and Power Implications in an African Context", Advances in Global Leadership (Advances in Global Leadership, Vol. 12), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 79-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1535-120320190000012006Download as .RIS
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