Applied research on the cross-cultural leadership of International Assignees in China and Indonesia.
Our study shows that doing business with fellow Asians is just as culturally challenging as trading with the West. Based on more than 100 comprehensive interviews with Chinese, Indonesian and Singaporean business leaders and their co-workers, we found striking differences in leadership and communication styles.
While both cultures are extremely hierarchical, in which employees are prepared to submit to powerful figures, there are major differences in work values and leadership expectations. More significantly, we found that failure to understand such differences can result in damaged relationships and impaired performance.