A critical perspective on gender and paternalistic leadership in China

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Sposato, M. 2021. A critical perspective on gender and paternalistic leadership in China. International Journal of Business Innovation and Research. 24 (3), pp. 417-428. https://doi.org/10.1504/ijbir.2020.10024757
TypeArticle
TitleA critical perspective on gender and paternalistic leadership in China
AuthorsSposato, M.
Abstract

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.

Keywordspaternalistic leadership; Post-colonial feminism; gender
Research GroupDiversity and Gender group
PublisherInderscience
JournalInternational Journal of Business Innovation and Research
ISSN1751-0252
Electronic1751-0260
Publication dates
Print01 Mar 2021
Online10 Mar 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Sep 2019
Accepted18 Jun 2019
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

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

Web address (URL)https://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJBIR.2021.113513
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1504/ijbir.2020.10024757
LanguageEnglish
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