EBS Equality Café Meeting

"A Decolonizing Approach in Leadership Literature: Exploring the Meaning of Leadership in a Non-Western Nation"

  • Wed 6 Dec 23

    11:00 - 12:00

  • Online

    Zoom meeting

  • Event type

    Equality, diversity and inclusion

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Maria Hudson

At this Equality Café meeting May Thet Nwe will give a talk on ‘A Decolonizing Approach in Leadership Literature: Exploring the Meaning of Leadership in a Non-Western Nation’. This will be followed by discussion which will be chaired by Pasi Ahonen who is a member of the EBS Decolonising and Diversifying Business Education (DEBUG) Working Group.

About EBS Equality Café meetings

Equality Café meetings have been introduced in EBS to provide an opportunity for consciousness raising and discussion around issues important to the promotion of Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the school. The target participants are all current EBS students and staff.

Typically there will be one meeting in Autumn Term and one in Spring Term.

The meetings will often focus on topics relevant to issues being engaged with by EBS EDI working groups, for example relating to decolonising the curriculum, anti-racism and gender equality. The meetings last for one hour and take place online to make it easier for EBS students and staff on both our Southend and Colchester campus to participate.  

If you have any questions about Equality Café meetings or have a suggestion for a meeting topic and format, please contact Maria Hudson, at mhudson@essex.ac.uk, who is co-ordinating the Equality Café meeting programme for Essex Business School.

This event will be taking place online.

All EBS students and staff are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

What is the talk about?

The talk will present an empirical leadership study that delves into the intricate tapestry of leadership within the unique cultural context of a non-Western nation. The talk aims to provide a nuanced understanding of leadership within the specific cultural and organizational context of Myanmar, contributing to the broader discourse on leadership theory.

Positioned at the crossroads of Asia's two great civilizations, Myanmar has long maintained its cultural heritage, preserving its traditions, including the leadership wisdoms influenced by Theravada Buddhism.

The rationale for this research is grounded in the recognition ingrained by strong empirical evidence that leadership is a subjective and culturally contingent phenomenon, whereas the current academic literature is dominated by Western-centric leadership thinking only, making it a deficient and elusive field. It is imperative to seek diverse meanings and perspectives from different parts of the world to enrich our understanding of this phenomenon. This research contributes to the emerging field of critical leadership studies by challenging conventional Western-centric notions of leadership and exploring the socially constructed nature of leadership in a non-western nation.

Ultimately, this talk will offer a decolonizing perspective on leadership, shedding light on the rich and distinct leadership narratives that emerge from Myanmar's unique cultural setting.