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A Framework to Compare Cross-Cultural Difference of Follower’s Satisfaction to Charismatic Leadership

  • Author(s): Zhang, Jintao
  • Advisor(s): Kramer, Thomas
  • et al.
Abstract

In the field of management studies, leadership has always been a hot topic to argue and discuss. Apart from the main five types of leadership styles, Coercive leaders, Authoritative leaders, Affiliative leaders, Democratic leaders, and Pacesetting leaders, which are categorized by leaders’ traits and attributes, concerning about the long-term short-term influence that leader can have on its followers, researches on transformational and transactional leaderships became popular since last 1980s. Charismatic leadership was attributed to transformational leadership even though the concept of charismatic leadership originated nearly 30 years ahead.

Quantities of scholars and researchers have been conducting experiments on the relationships between charismatic leaders and their followers. Among all of those relationships, follower’s satisfaction such as life satisfaction, job satisfaction, and work satisfaction is the main topic of this paper. Base on the conclusions from previous researches that follower’ s satisfaction can empower followers to sacrifice more for organizations, we intend to explore how would the cross-cultural influence affect follower’ s satisfaction in terms of individualism and collectivism.

This paper is mainly divided into six parts. Chapter 1 will briefly introduce the reason and meaning of creating a framework to explore explore how would the cross-cultural influence affect follower’ s satisfaction. Chapter 2 will initially discuss the origination and development of charismatic leadership. Next, chapter 2 will introduce different types of relationships between charismatic leadership and followers, previous discussions on one of the relationships which is follower’ s satisfaction, and review the cross-cultural researches on charismatic leadership to connect cultural influence and follower’ s satisfaction on charismatic leaders. Following chapter 3 will mainly discuss contributions made by western culture analysis on charismatic leadership and follower’ s satisfaction. Chapter 4 will mainly discuss contributions made by eastern culture analysis on charismatic leadership and follower’ s satisfaction. Chapter 5 will present the frame work that will be utilized to compare the cross-cultural influence on charismatic leadership and follower’ s satisfaction. Chapter 6 will briefly introduce the hypotheses remain to be examined in future researches and several procedures about conducting future experiments such as introducing countries that are selected to distribute questionnaire and methods to encourage employees to finish questionnaire. In the end, Chapter 7 will discuss the remaining work and limitation of this thesis.

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