Foundations of Responsible Leadership: Asian versus Western Executive Responsibility Orientations Toward Key Stakeholders

16 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2015 Last revised: 18 Jul 2016

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Michael A. Witt

INSEAD; Harvard University, Reischauer Institute

Günter K. Stahl

Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna); INSEAD

Date Written: July 15, 2016

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.

Keywords: Business systems, culture, institutions, responsible leadership, varieties of capitalism

Suggested Citation

Witt, Michael A. and Stahl, Günter K., Foundations of Responsible Leadership: Asian versus Western Executive Responsibility Orientations Toward Key Stakeholders (July 15, 2016). Witt, Michael A., & Günter K. Stahl (2016). Foundations of Responsible Leadership: Asian versus Western Assumptions about Key Stakeholders of the Firm. Journal of Business Ethics, 136, 3, 623-638., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2562435

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Günter K. Stahl

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