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When Nationality Matters A Study of Departmental, Hierarchical, Professional, Gender and Age-based Employee Groupings’ Leadership Preferences across 15 Countries
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (International Business)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8664-6723
Stockholm School of Economics.
2004 (English)In: International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, ISSN 1470-5958, E-ISSN 1741-2838, Vol. 4, no 3, 291-315 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 The objective of the study presented in this article is to answer the question of when nationality matters regarding employees’ interpersonal leadership preferences. Based on a literature review, 16 tenure- and demographic-based groupings of employees (four departments, five work positions, five age groups and gender) were identified. Hypotheses were developed regarding whether employee group-based belonging overrides nationalitybased belonging. These were tested across 15 countries and could be rejected for almost all groups due to significant differences in leadership preferences. Although the results concerning three employee groupings: researchers, supervisors and ‘over 55-years-old’ were inconclusive, it was not possible to identify one specific employee grouping that overrode nationality-based belonging. These results contribute to earlier research by refuting the often argued notion that departments, hierarchical work positions, professions, age groups and gender are categories of employees that should be managed as distinct groups with similar leadership preferences across country borders.

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2004. Vol. 4, no 3, 291-315 p.
Keyword [en]
demographic-based employee groupings, interpersonal leadership, multinational organizations, national culture, tenure-based employee groupings
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293827DiVA: diva2:928305
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