AOM 2016 PDW: Gender, Generations and Leadership: Insights from South Asia


Scholars have described the global leadership literature as western-centric (Arvey et al., 2015), age-blind (Spisak et al., 2014) and male-dominated (Kyriakidou, 2012; Syed & Murray, 2008). This PDW aims to address these gaps by providing an unconventional non- western perspective (Bamberger & Pratt, 2010) and incorporating intersectionality in gender and/or generational issues (Shields, 2008). We selected South Asia because of its richness, complexity and the rapidly transitioning organizations that have important implications for leadership (Khilji, 2013). The overarching goal of the PDW is to energize the global leadership field as well expand its theoretical significance by focusing upon gender and generational aspects (Glynn & Raffaelli, 2010). We present

research from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with the purpose of stimulating debate and to begin to create new opportunities for future research in this area and context. We bring together five presenters from three continents (i.e. North America, Europe and Asia) to discuss a range of issues, including the relevance of resourcefulness for female entrepreneurial leaders, prevalence of paradoxes and role conflicts in women leaders’ lives, importance of gender identity, the need for effective leadership development programs for women and younger emerging leaders, and the strategies that women leaders use to overcome discrimination. Following the presentation of research, we will use an interactive discussion format. We believe that the PDW is an excellent opportunity to present ideas and develop research questions that broaden the leadership and gender debate, which are specifically relevant to a ‘new wave” of global leadership research.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS PDW Organizers (Discussion Facilitators):

Shaista E. Khilji, The George Washington University, USA (
Jawad Syed, University of Huddersfield, UK (
Mary Sully de Luque, Arizona State University, USA (

Presenters (*) and Co-author Participants:

Presentation # 1: Gender and Entrepreneurial Leadership: Insights from Pakistan.
By: Khizran Zehra* & Huriye Aygören, Jönköping University, Sweden ( &

Presentation # 2: Gender, Gender-Role Orientation, and Leadership
By: Samina Saifuddin*, Carleton University, Canada (

Presentation # 3: Exploring the Antecedents of Indian Women Leadership Pipeline: A Dyadic Perspective By: Sumita Datta* S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, India (; Upsana Agarwal, NITIE, India ( )

Presentation # 4: Generations in India and Sri Lanka: Male and female differences in attitudes towards women, stress behaviors and work/family conflict By: Ranjan M.J. George, Simpson University, (; Edward F. Murphy, Jr.*, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, (; Regina A. Greenwood, Nova Southeastern University, (; Julia A. Teahen, Baker College, (, & Arnel Onesimo Uy, De La Salle University, (

Presentation #5: South Asian Muslim women and leadership at work in the UK By: Memoona Tariq (; Jawad Syed (, University of Huddersfield, UK

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