Collaborative Leadership in the Institution of Higher Education : A Sociocultural Context of Pakistan
Shaikh, S. A., Lämsä, A.-M., & Heikkinen, S. (2023). Collaborative Leadership in the Institution of Higher Education : A Sociocultural Context of Pakistan. South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases, 12(1), 65-80. https://doi.org/10.1177/22779779231154646
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DisciplineHyvinvoinnin tutkimuksen yhteisöOrganisational Ethics, Leadership and HRMKestävä liiketoiminta ja talous (painoala)ResurssiviisausyhteisöJohtaminenSchool of WellbeingOrganisational Ethics, Leadership and HRMSustainable Business and Economy (focus area)School of Resource WisdomManagement and Leadership
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The need for collaborative leadership to advance knowledge sharing, novel ideas, inclusion and employee engagement has increased in modern organizations, with the aim being to make organizations more effective and responsible. Yet, an interesting question arises about how this kind of leadership model, which is arguably of Western origin, is understood and whether it can be applied in sociocultural contexts where top-down leadership tends to be exercised. This study addresses this question and explores the meaning of collaborative leadership from a cultural viewpoint in Pakistan, where collaborative relationships across hierarchical levels are not common. The applicability of collaborative leadership in the study context is also highlighted. The qualitative instrumental case study was conducted in a higher education institution in Pakistan, where the data were gathered with the help of open-ended interviews. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Two central themes were explored: the tradition of leadership collaboration and the exclusion of some groups from collaboration. The study shows that the traditional cultural attribute called Otaq lays a foundation for understanding collaborative leadership in the study context. Similarly, it was discovered that several cultural features place limits on specific people’s opportunities to participate in leadership collaboration. Cultural features and how they are linked to the inclusion of the studied organization members in collaborative leadership efforts are highlighted. It is concluded that more contextually sensitive knowledge about collaborative leadership activities is needed in the future. ...
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