Contemporary Public Leadership in China: A Research Review and Consideration

47 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2006

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Todd L. Pittinsky

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Cheng Zhu

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

China garners great international attention due to its large population and rapid economic development. Contemporary public leadership in China is a major force for its growth. This article reviews the academic literature on that leadership, providing an overview of interest to scholars, teachers, and practitioners whose work deals with cross-cultural studies of leadership development. The review focuses primarily on materials published between January 1999 and June 2004 that explicitly address public leadership in China. The review identifies six areas of research to date: (1) leadership transition, (2) democratization, (3) prominent political figures, (4) local leadership, (5) cultural and historical traditions, and (6) other identified forms of public leadership (military vs. Party leadership, women as public leaders, religion and public leadership, and student leadership). The article concludes with discussions of characteristics of the literature and directions for future theoretical and empirical work.

Keywords: International Affairs/Globalization, International Development, Leadership/Conflict Management, Nonprofit Sector, Public Management

JEL Classification: D74, L30

Suggested Citation

Pittinsky, Todd L. and Zhu, Cheng, Contemporary Public Leadership in China: A Research Review and Consideration (February 2005). KSG Working Paper No. RWP05-008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=890687 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.890687

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Cheng Zhu

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education ( email )

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