Revisiting Common Sense Leadership: A Chinese Perspective


The purpose of this study is to compare and contrast findings of Chinese business leaders
with those from a previous study of the United States’ business leaders. Eastern philosophical
differences related to Western cultural/ethical business principles became evident in the
observations of the Chinese participants. The previous study explored the definition and practice
of common sense leadership in a 21st century organization. This current qualitative study was
conducted from March through September 2012, involving 15 business leader participants from
different provinces in mainland China. These leaders indicated that common sense is not easily
identified, has a fluid nature to its standards, and involves personal attention. The participants
concluded that best practice, common sense leadership methods involved harmonious working
conditions, personal recognition, cultural understanding, and trend analysis.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Jon Webber, Elliot Ser,Gregory Goussak & Jan Yang
Year of Publication: 
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Management and Marketing Research
Date Published: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014



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