Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Best practices and attributes of bicultural leaders
by Mody, Shefali Khandhar, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2014, 85; 1571611
Abstract (Summary)

This study sought to uncover the attributes of successful bicultural leaders. Findings suggested that any one of four acculturation strategies chosen by bicultural leaders depended on the intensity of the dominant spouse's alliance to their Country of Origin, their identity self-construal and opportunities to create supportive in-groups that made the bicultural individual the center of in-group connectivity. Integrated biculturals exhibit a tendency to create networks, where over time they become "central connectors" affording them unique positions of influence, knowledge transfer and power. This study posits that Network Centrality is a Bicultural Competence, recognized by its users as a pivotal antecedent to their success strategies. Educators may benefit from study findings that include participant suggested content specifically targeting new foreign born immigrants to help advance their achievements based on the study's findings of best practices and attributes of successful bicultural leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lacey, Miriam Y.
Commitee: Feyerherm, Ann E.
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Management, Occupational psychology, Ethnic studies, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Acculturation, Bicultural competence, Biculturalism, Cross cultural management, Immigrant leaders
Publication Number: 1571611
ISBN: 978-1-321-43411-8
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