Dutch Managerial Leadership Strategies: Managing Uncertainty Avoidance, Feminine-Related Social Roles, Organisation Prosperity Focus, and Work Orientation within A Polder Framework

  • Christopher Selvarajah Swinburne University of Technology
  • Denny Meyer Swinburne University of Technology
  • Andre de Waal The HPO Center, Hilversum, the Netherlands
  • Beatrice Van der Heijden 1.Radboud University, Institute for Management, Nijmegen, the Netherlands 2. Open University of the Netherlands 3. Kingston University, London, UK 4. Hubei University, Wuhan, China

Abstract

This paper extends Schama’s (1988) notion of moral geography where there is a determinacy link between an ecology and those managing organisations within it. We emphasise that the link is framed by its historical legacy of social ideals. This paper hypothesises that the egalitarian influence of the polder philosophy leads Dutch managers to value cooperative partnership based on consensus decision-making, in a symbiotic relationship between the manager and the community. Structural equation modelling of the data obtained from surveying 808 managers across occupational industry sectors in the Netherlands support this hypothesis. Results reveal that in the Netherlands (1) the external environment has an unique influence, through its impact on managerial behaviour; (2) the external environment has a profound influence on managers’ personal qualities underpinned by their feminine-value-oriented social roles; and (3) organisational prosperity and work orientations are driven by environmental uncertainty avoidance and managers’ feminine-valued social roles. Keywords: Uncertainty Avoidance, Social Roles, Organisation Prosperity, Work Orientation, Preferred Leadership Styles, Polder Philosophy To cite this document: Christopher Selvarajah, Denny Meyer, Andre de Waal, and Beatrice Van der Heijden, "Dutch Managerial Leadership Strategies: Managing Uncertainty Avoidance, Feminine-Related Social Roles, Organisation Prosperity Focus, and Work Orientation within A Polder Framework", Contemporary Management Research, Vol.14, No.2, pp. 87-120, 2018. Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.7903/cmr.18279

Author Biography

Christopher Selvarajah, Swinburne University of Technology
Dr Christopher Selvarajah is Professor and Discipline Leader of International Business in the Department of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Published
2018-06-30
How to Cite
Selvarajah, C., Meyer, D., Waal, A. de, & Heijden, B. V. der. (2018). Dutch Managerial Leadership Strategies: Managing Uncertainty Avoidance, Feminine-Related Social Roles, Organisation Prosperity Focus, and Work Orientation within A Polder Framework. Contemporary Management Research, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.7903/cmr.18279
Section
Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management