From Iconic Business Leader to Russian Icon Museum Founder: Bridging Business and the Arts Across Cultures

Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 52, No. 6. Forthcoming

Posted: 20 Jul 2010 Last revised: 3 Dec 2012

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Sheila M. Puffer

Northeastern University - International Business & Strategy

Elitsa R. Banalieva

Northeastern University; Northeastern University - International Business & Strategy

Date Written: July 20, 2010

Abstract

This case study portrays Gordon Lankton, a highly successful U.S. executive who, drawing upon the relationships that he had built during two decades of doing business in Russia, succeeded in having Moscow’s renowned State Tretyakov Gallery lend priceless icons to his new museum in a small Massachusetts town. We demonstrate how a charismatic and gently determined executive-turned-museum founder exhibited transformational leadership while bridging business and the arts across cultures. The case study includes an interview with Gordon Lankton, and is followed by a commentary that features an interview with Museum of Russian Icons curator, Kent dur Russell, and a SWOT analysis of Lankton’s leadership style.

Keywords: transformational leadership, Russia, business and the arts, philanthropy

Suggested Citation

Puffer, Sheila M. and Banalieva, Elitsa R., From Iconic Business Leader to Russian Icon Museum Founder: Bridging Business and the Arts Across Cultures (July 20, 2010). Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 52, No. 6. Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645750

Sheila M. Puffer

Northeastern University - International Business & Strategy ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

Elitsa R. Banalieva (Contact Author)

Northeastern University ( email )

360 Huntington Ave
315 C Hayden Hall
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Northeastern University - International Business & Strategy ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

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