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The cornerstone of business leaders' decision making in Malaysia


Subhan, Muhammad and Abdul Ghani, Ahmad Bashawir (2009) The cornerstone of business leaders' decision making in Malaysia. In: International Soft Science Expo 2009 (ISSE 2009), 05 - 07 November 2009, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The paper reports the findings of thirteen interviews with prominent Malaysian business leaders drawn from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim religious traditions.The in-depth interviews with the leaders were supplemented by documentary sources.When the leaders were asked why they engaged in religion-based workplace spirituality, their responses were often associated with decision-making. Although they had an array of management tools with which to deal with day-to-day management situations, they all indicated that, in 'difficult' moments, these tools needed to be complemented by processes by which they connected with the ultimate - variously identified as the transcendent reality, god, or truth that is more powerful, better, and good. The outcomes of decisions, both good and bad, were usually attributed to that connecting experience. The findings suggest that religion plays a significant role in influencing the judgment,emotional and motivational qualities of Malaysian leaders' decision-making - in that a frame of reference based on a connection with a transcendent and ultimate reality is likely to be a source of solace, guidance, and inspiration to leaders' critical decision-making.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organized by Research and Innovation Management Centre (RIMC) Universiti Utara Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership style; decision-making; spirituality; Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Muhammad Subhan
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2012 06:15
Last Modified: 20 May 2012 00:50
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/4822

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