The Role of Leadership in the Migration Decision-Making Process

Karin Amit, Ilan Riss, Micha Popper

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The study explores the involvement of leadership in the migration decision-making process of North American immigrants to Israel. The results, based on qualitative and quantitative research methods, indicate that more than half of the immigrants in our sample did not attribute much significance to the influence of a specific leader. However, they acknowledged the involvement of several influential figures; some of these leaders worked in Israeli and Jewish organizations and served as opinion or servant leaders and others were veteran immigrants who served as role models. Apparently, leadership in voluntary migration is manifested as distributed leadership and virtual e-leadership.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-389
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

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  • Migration decision making process
  • immigrant organizations
  • immigration motives
  • leadership
  • leadership style

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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