Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transformation of cross-cultural Korean leaders in Taiwanese churches
by Mun, Jae Hong Daniel, Ph.D., Biola University, 2014, 223; 3619662
Abstract (Summary)

Taiwan and Korea have been categorized in the same cluster of Confucian and hierarchical cultures. However, Korean missionary pastors in Taiwan experience significant cross-cultural differences that directly affect the effectiveness of their leadership among Taiwanese congregants.

This study discloses the four factors contributing to the effectiveness of select Korean missionary pastors: (a) personal traits, (b) interaction on cross-cultural issues, (c) trust, and (d) spirituality. Working as a whole, four key factors result in a four-fold transformation of leadership: (a) leaders responded to cross-cultural encounters with cognitive discernment, (b) which resulted in movement from authoritarian to servant leadership, (c) which fostered trust among followers, (d) which resulted in movement from servant to transformational leadership.

The theory in this study on the effectiveness of cross-cultural leaders in Taiwanese context is derived from the ground theory study using in-depth semi-structured interviews, and participant observation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Starcher, Richard L.
Commitee: Hayward, Douglas, Steffen, Tom
School: Biola University
Department: Cook School of Intercultural Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Religious education
Keywords: Church, Cross-cultural leadership, Korean, Leadership, Taiwan, Transformation
Publication Number: 3619662
ISBN: 978-1-303-89086-4
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