A critical perspective on gender and paternalistic leadership in China

Sposato, Martin (2021) A critical perspective on gender and paternalistic leadership in China. International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 24 (3) . pp. 417-428. ISSN 1751-0252 [Article] (doi:10.1504/ijbir.2020.10024757)

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Women have made significant social advancements in recent times in China, but as in most of the world they still face barriers to leadership positions. This is even (re)presented in the most popular indigenous Chinese theory of leadership: Paternalistic Leadership (PL). As a theory, PL overlooks the potential of women leaders. Acknowledging what may be understood as epistemological sexism, this article critically analyses PL as the dominant theoretical framework for the study of leadership in China. Gender bias inherent within the theory, and even its name. This is identified as a key weakness for its application. The use of a Postcolonial feminist leans to address this gender bias is introduced, applying concepts like Othering, Norm, and essentialisism. This article highlights the utility of postcolonial feminism to PL studies by introducing a conceptual toolkit for future researchers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): paternalistic leadership; Post-colonial feminism; gender
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 27601
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Inderscience in International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, the final published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1504/ijbir.2020.10024757
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Depositing User: Alejandro Sposato
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 19:20
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 04:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27601

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