Corporate Leadership and the Myth of the Incompetent Malay Chief Executive Officers: Evidence from the Malaysian General Insurance Industry

Khairudin Damhoeri, Fuat Mashori, Jaafar Mohamad, Kamarudin Sharif

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ABSTRACT
The dearth of Malaysian based literature on leadership In general, and corporate leadership in particular suggests that Malaysian scholars and investors are yet to be sensitized to the importance of leadership as a determinant of organizational outcomes. Arguably, this inattention helps
perpetuate many unhealthy myths about corporate leadership. Notable among these myths, is that of the incompetent Malay managers. In examining
the myth, this study takes a quantitative perspective of an otherwise "qualitative'" subject. Using emprical eVidence from the general insurance industry, this study demonstrates that Malay chief executive officers (CEOS) , despite the myth and market perceptions, do not affect corporate performance any differently than non-Malay CEOs.

ABSTRAK
Ketandusan hasil ilmiah Malaysia berkenaan dengan kepimpinan pada amnya, dan kepimpinan korporat khususnya membayangkan bahawa para ilmuan dan pelabur Malaysia masih belum lagl prihatin akan pentingnya kepimpinan sebagai satu penentu hasil sesebuah organisasi. Bolehlah didebatkan bahawa ketidakpekaan ini telah memanjangkan hayat banyak mitos yang tidak sihat tentang kepimpinan korporat. Di antara metos yang menonjol ialah yang bersangkut dengan ketidakcekapan pengurus-pengurus Melayu. Dalam meneliti metos ini, kajian ini mengambil perspektif kuantitatif terhadap satu subjek yang lazimnya "kualitatif' Dengan menggunakan penemuan empirik dan Industri Insurans am, kajian ini membuktikan bahawa ketua eksekutif Melayu, walau pun dimetoskan dan dianggap sebaliknya oleh pasaran, tidaklah membawa kesan korporat yang berbeza dengan ketua eksekutif bukan Melayu.


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