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Standardization versus Contextualization: A study of language and leadership across 17 countries
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (International Business)
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
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2011 (English)In: Journal of world business (Print), ISSN 1090-9516, Vol. 46, no 3, 296-304 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With multinational corporations increasingly adopting English as a corporate language, the issue of language management and the pros and cons of language standardization have been widely debated in the literature. Our 17-country study considers whether the use of English as a common corporate language causes difficulties. We empirically examine whether managerial reactions to specific leadership scenario-based situations change as a consequence of the language they use. Our results show that the choice of language (native or English) does not matter much for the studied leadership scenarios. Instead, leadership decisions and reactions depend more on cultural and situational context.

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Elsevier , 2011. Vol. 46, no 3, 296-304 p.
Keyword [en]
Language, Leadership, Context, Culture, Multinational Company, Cultural Accomodation
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141989DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2010.07.009ISI: 000292369800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141989DiVA: diva2:386725

Correction in: Journal of World Business, vol. 49, issue 1, page 172.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2012.10.001

Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2015-07-24Bibliographically approved

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