Title

Exploring Cultural Influence on Leadership Practices: A Case Study of Eight Taiwanese Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Hotel Industry in South Texas

Date of Degree

5-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Judith E. Beauford

Advisor

Gilberto M. Hinojosa

Advisor

Mark S. Teachout

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative case study is to explore the influence of culture on the leadership practices o f Taiwanese immigrant entrepreneurs in south Texas hotels Eight Taiwanese immigrant entrepreneurs and 55 of their employees participated in this study. Based on the findings, these Taiwanese entrepreneurs have certainly faced significant challenges in both cultural and leadership issues, such as facing cultural differences and dealing with human resource problems. In n.any cases, cultural issues and leadership challenges blended together as a greater challenge when they operated their hotels or motels. However, the participants value their acculturation experiences highly and it shows in the positive consequences, such as personal maturity and the successful careers of these immigrant entrepreneurs. The results of the study indicate that transformative learning was apparent throughout the acculturation process for these Taiwanese immigrant entrepreneurs. Conclusions are drawn in order to raise awareness of cultural and leadership influences for minority immigrant entrepreneurs, especially in the hotel industry.

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