Local Leadership and the Impact of Globalization

By Francis Adu-Febiri.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The relationship between globalization and local lifeworlds has been central to globalization scholarship. In examining this relationship much attention has been given to the assessment of the impact of globalization on the local both at nation-state and community levels. What is virtually missing from this assessment equation is the role of local leadership. Yet, local leadership as the main conduit or an operative link between the global and the local is a critical factor in the impact of globalization. This paper argues that globalization’s ability to transform the lifeworlds of the local cannot be adequately understood outside the framework of local leadership. The quality of local leadership, particularly the value orientation of local leadership, that globalization encounters at the local space decides the impact of globalization, be it glocalization or exploitation. Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, and Nigeria are used as illustrative cases.

Keywords: Globalization, Glocalization, Local Leadership, Local Lifeworlds

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.71-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.360MB).

Dr. Francis Adu-Febiri

Sociology Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Camosun College, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Francis Adu-Febiri is a sociology professor and former Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Camosun College, Victoria, BC. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria and in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. His publications have appeared in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Tourism Recreation Research, The African Review, International Journal of the Humanities, Review of Human Factor Studies, CDTL Brief of National University of Singapore, and the Journal of Pan African Studies. He has also published one book, First Nations Students Talk Back: Voices of a Learning People, and a number of book chapters on a diversity of sociological topics. Francis is a recipient 2007-2008 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin.

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