Working with Language: A Refocused Research Agenda for Cultural Leadership Studies

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Doris Schedlitzki

University of the West of England (UWE)

Pasi Ahonen

Swansea University school of Management

Paresh Wankhade

Edge Hill University

Gareth Edwards

University of the West of England (UWE)

Hugo Gaggiotti

University of the West of England (UWE) - Bristol Business School

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

This paper critically reviews existing contributions from the field of cultural leadership studies with a view to highlighting the conceptual and methodological limitations of the dominant etic, cross‐cultural approach in leadership studies and illuminating implications of the relative dominance and unreflective use of the English language as the academic and business lingua franca within this field. It subsequently outlines the negative implications of overlooking cultural and linguistic multiplicity for an understanding of culturally sensitive leadership practices. In drawing on lessons from this critical review and the emergent fields of emic, non‐positivist cultural leadership studies, this analysis argues that the field of cultural leadership studies requires an alternative research agenda focused on language multiplicity, which enables the field to move towards emic, qualitative research that helps to empower individual cultural voices and explore cultural intra‐ and interrelationships, tensions and paradoxes embedded in leadership processes. The paper concludes by offering suggestions on methodological approaches for emic cultural leadership studies that are centred on the exploration of language as a cultural voice.

Suggested Citation

Schedlitzki, Doris and Ahonen, Pasi and Wankhade, Paresh and Edwards, Gareth and Gaggiotti, Hugo, Working with Language: A Refocused Research Agenda for Cultural Leadership Studies (April 2017). International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 237-257, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2946544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12100

Doris Schedlitzki (Contact Author)

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Pasi Ahonen

Swansea University school of Management ( email )

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Paresh Wankhade

Edge Hill University ( email )

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Gareth Edwards

University of the West of England (UWE) ( email )

Blackberry Hill Bristol
Bristol, Avon BS16 1QY
United Kingdom

Hugo Gaggiotti

University of the West of England (UWE) - Bristol Business School ( email )

Frenchay Campus
Bristol, BS16 1QY
United Kingdom

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