Purpose – This paper aims to explore the impact of leadership on organizational change and adaptability in a Chinese business context. Drawing on case data, this study seeks to uncover the factors that would predispose the leaders of Chinese family firms to initiate and implement organizational change and adaptation. Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on 16 in-depth interviews held with key informants from the case firm. Evidence is presented in the form of interview extracts. Findings – Research findings indicate that Chinese firm leaders can successfully facilitate organizational change by adapting their styles to match the changes in the business environment. Research limitations/implications – The issues identified are explored within a single case study setting, hence future research might replicate these findings to other samples or settings. Practical implications – To lead organizational change, leaders must first be able and willing to adjust their leadership styles to match the demands of their changing business environments. Originality/value – This paper adds insight to existing literature on leadership, organizational change and firm turnarounds. This paper also provides an in-depth insight into the factors that influence the leadership and management Chinese family firms.
Journal of Asia Business Studies – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 3, 2015