Foundations of responsible leadership: Asian versus Western executive responsibility orientations toward key stakeholders

Michael Witt, Günter Stahl

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Abstract

Exploring the construct of social-responsibility orientation across three Asian and two Western societies (Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and the United States), we show evidence that top-level executives in these societies hold fundamentally different beliefs about their responsibilities toward different stakeholders, with concomitant implications for their understanding and enactment of responsible leadership. We further find that these variations are more closely aligned with institutional factors than with cultural variables, suggesting a need to clarify the connection between culture and institutions on the one hand and culture and social-responsibility orientations on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623 - 638
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume136
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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