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Balance in Eastern and Western Conceptions of Leadership in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education: From the Philosophical Perspective of Wholeness

Qi, Min M. (2014) Balance in Eastern and Western Conceptions of Leadership in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education: From the Philosophical Perspective of Wholeness. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Leadership is important and occurs in all trades and professions and in all the aspects of our lives in societies and in the world. However, leadership as a field of study is still unsatisfactory to scholars. This dissertation attempts to explore the issues in leadership and leadership studies related to both leadership theories and practice from the philosophical perspective of wholeness as an ecological idea. With philosophical approaches as a research method by introducing Confucian and Daoist ideas and wisdom and Huai Nan Zi’s insights
related to moral and ethical leadership, it is in a general sense to balance between Eastern and Western conceptions of leadership and to improve or refine leadership theories and practice. That is because one of the key problems remaining in leadership studies is related to refining epistemology. Thus, this dissertation also discusses the philosophical issues which have mainly been based on scholars from both the West and the East and on their thoughts and theories from the ancient to the present. Through discussing them, this dissertation clarifies some of the misunderstanding and illusion, and attempts to apply philosophy to improve or refine leadership theories. Moreover, in particular, this dissertation discusses leadership in the context of
internationalization of higher education and strongly emphasizes the important role of education as a whole to solve many practical problems both on the local and global scale. This dissertation has integrated leadership theories by answering the two key questions in leadership studies:
What is leadership? What is good leadership?


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Qi, Min M.minqi555@gmail.comMMQ1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorGunzenhauser, Michaelmgunzen@pitt.eduMGUNZEN
Committee MemberWeidman, John Cweidman@pitt.eduWEIDMAN
Committee MemberBickel, Williambickel@pitt.eduBICKEL
Committee MemberMiller, Rush G.rgmiller@pitt.eduRGMILLER
Date: 20 October 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 April 2014
Approval Date: 20 October 2014
Submission Date: 20 October 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 156
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership theory
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 15:04
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:42


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