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International Business Seminar Series with Prof. Taran Patel

The International Management Institute invites you to a lecture by Prof. Taran Patel on “Toward a generic framework of perceived negative manager/leader behavior: A comparative study across nations and private sector industries”

Prof Taran Patel has lived and worked in several countries including India, France, Spain, UAE, Singapore, Finland and the UK. She is Senior/Full Professor in the People, Organization, and Society Department of Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM). She was also the Program Director of the MIB (Masters of International Business) program of GEM from September 2009 to July 2013. She earned her PhD from the Open University at Milton Keynes (UK) under the supervision of Prof Steve Rayner (University of Oxford) in 2006 and her Habilitation à Diriger des Recherche (HDR) from University of Rouen (France) under the guidance of Prof Michalis Lianos in 2022.

Reviewing three relevant streams of extant literature reveals a marked absence of a generic framework composed of a full range of negative manager/leader behaviors (from moderate to extreme) across sectors and countries, a void particularly detrimental to the effectiveness of management and leadership development (MLD) programs. To address this concern, we conduct a multiple cross-case/ cross-nation comparative analysis (MCCA) of data collected from our own 13 previous empirical replication studies (using the critical incident technique) of effective/ineffective managerial/leader behavior across nine culturally diverse countries and varied private sector industries, resulting in a comprehensive framework of perceived negative manager/leader behavior. Our generic framework is composed of five behavioral dimensions: inadequate functional behavior, unethical behavior, impersonal domineering behavior, depriving behavior, and closed/negative minded behavior, and lends support to the universal school of culture in business literature by showing that neither national culture nor sectorial specificities influence people’s perceptions of negative manager/leader behavior. It also stresses the importance of the mundane (as opposed to the glorious) in managerial/leadership work by revealing that employees’ perceptions of negative manager/leader behavior include not only conspicuously “bad” behaviors but also less conspicuous “poor” behaviors.


Start date: 8 February 2023, 12.00 pm


Hybrid: Building SI O4.04 or Online


ZHAW International Management Institute
Theaterstrasse 17
8401 Winterthur