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Beyond Charismatic Leadership: The Case of Jack Ma

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  • Sorin-George Toma

    (Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, Romania)

  • Paul Marinescu

    (Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, Romania)

  • Ionut Constantin

    (Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, Romania)

  • Daniel Costea

    (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

Abstract

The twenty-first-century business world requires a new leadership paradigm based on elements such as vision, extra effort, commitment and pro-action. Consequently, the leaders should be not only visionary and positive, but also charismatic and transformational. The theorization of charismatic leadership has become a challenging subject in the literature in the last decades. The goals of the paper are to define the concept of charismatic leadership and to exemplify it in the case of Jack Ma, a famous Chinese entrepreneur. The methodology was based on a quantitative research method and a case study. The paper underlines the existence of a strong relationship between the charismatic leader and his followers. Also, it identifies some of the key characteristics of a charismatic leader by analysing the case of Jack Ma.

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  • Sorin-George Toma & Paul Marinescu & Ionut Constantin & Daniel Costea, 2019. "Beyond Charismatic Leadership: The Case of Jack Ma," Manager Journal, Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, vol. 29(1), pages 99-105, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:but:manage:v:29:y:2019:i:1:p:99-105
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