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Better Project Management Practice in East Asia Using Revised Transformational Leadership Theories
by Lo, Chin-Hung, D.Mgt., University of Maryland University College, 2011, 96; 3516279
Abstract (Summary)

An increasing number of industries have begun using the project management approach in dealing with the rapid development of technologies and constant changes in business environments. Leadership is one of the most important key factors in project management success. Transformational leadership, which focuses on employee development, has proven to be instrumental in project success in Western countries. Non-customized transformational leadership fails to account for some project management aspects in East Asia. There are eight countries in East Asia, and five countries' cultures are influenced by Confucian Dynamism. Therefore, the study focused on the countries in East Asia with cultures influenced by Confucian Dynamism (Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and China), and the study combined theory and practice. The study discovered that the features of transformational leadership encompass some functions of Confucian society which positively influence project success in East Asia; therefore, transformational leadership could positively influence the chance of project success in East Asia too. In addition, leaders need to consider the remaining Confucian influences when using transformational leadership to lead project teams in the Confucian societies in East Asia. Further, the study also provided some practical examples to help project managers to understand how to lead and work with project teams in East Asia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Booth, Bryan A., Chen, Jim
Commitee: Dinaue, Leslie, Winters, Dennis
School: University of Maryland University College
Department: Doctor of Management Program
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 73/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian Studies, Management
Keywords: Confucian, East Asia, Leadership, Project management, Project success, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 3516279
ISBN: 978-1-267-45434-8
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