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2021, vol. 49, iss. 1, pp. 43-65
Paternalistic leadership in Kuwaiti business environment: Culturally endorsed, but largely ineffective
aUniversity 'Union - Nikola Tesla', Faculty of Management, Sremski Karlovci
bAmerican University of Kuwait, College of Business, Kuwait

emails.adzic@famns.edu.rs, salmutairi@auk.edu.kw
Keywords: paternalistic leadership; Kuwait; culture; leadership; wasta
Abstract
There is an assumption from the reviewed literature that Paternalistic Leadership (PL) is culturally endorsed as a leadership style in Kuwait. With many diverse perspectives on the effectiveness of paternalistic leadership, the research objectives of the current research are threefold. First, to examine if PL is recognized as a leadership style in Kuwait organizations, second, to test the effectiveness of that style if present, and third, to identify the specifics of the Kuwaiti leadership practice. The findings lead to the conclusion that PL is present in Kuwaiti leadership practices, culturally is endorsed, but otherwise is considered as an ineffective leadership style because of the influence of wasta.
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article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/industrija49-30984
received: 21/02/2021
revised: 14/03/2021
accepted: 17/03/2021
published online: 30/04/2021
published in SCIndeks: 18/05/2021
peer review method: double-blind
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