ICOA Seminar by Arie Y. Lewin

Contrasting Leadership of Zhang Ruimin and Ren Zhengfei as They Face Selection of Their Successors

2017.05.11 | Merete Elmann

Date Wed 14 Jun
Time 10:15 11:45
Location Room 2623-D6, Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University


Wednesday 14 June at 10:15 in room 2623-D6, Arie Y. Lewin from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business will give a presentation entitled:

Contrasting Leadership of Zhang Ruimin and Ren Zhengfei as They Face Selection of Their Successors

 

Everyone is welcome!

 

Abstract
Recent research suggests that the leadership of Chinese companies does not seem to follow conventional western leadership theories and practice as they increasingly emerge as serious global competitors. This paper contrasts the leadership of two iconoclastic Chinese companies – Haier, and Huawei. The analysis is based on longitudinal qualitative historical analyses from founding to the end of 2015. Both companies have become global leaders in their sectors at a record time when compared with their competitors in White Good (in case of Haier) and in Telecommunications Networks and Smart Phones (in case of Huawei).  Both leaders have imprinted themselves on their companies but they differ in their basic values, vision of organization and beliefs in how to organize. Both companies have unique founding conditions, followed a different on going self-renewal growth journey and are not government owned. But each has some government affiliation. The central question of this paper is to compare and contrast the leadership and the evolving organization design of the two companies. 

 

 

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