Leadership and culture in the MENA region: An analysis of the GLOBE project

Kabasakal H. , Dastmalchian A., Karacay G., Bayraktar S.

JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS, vol.47, no.4, pp.519-529, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jwb.2012.01.005
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS
  • Page Numbers: pp.519-529


This paper focuses on leadership and culture in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, using data from the GLOBE Project. The results show that cultural practices are manifested by higher in-group collectivism and power distance, whilst cultural values are represented by a common desire for higher performance and future orientation. Examination of the leadership prototypes shows a preference for honest, just and inspirational leadership that encourages loyalty. Further examination of the leadership prototype using cluster analysis produced four sub-clusters of leadership profiles. These revealed the similarities and differences among the MENA region's leadership preferences. Opportunities for further research and implications for managers were discussed. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.