Employee perceptions of leadership and organizational culture in geographically separated units: An exploratory analysis

by Brown, Ninetta, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2006, 120 pages; 3237800


This study examined employees' perceptions of their supervisors' leadership behaviors and organizational culture, and the relationship between leadership behaviors and organizational culture in the Geographically Separated Units, viewed through an organizational-environment framework. To accomplish this purpose, data was collected through survey instruments sent to all nonsupervisory federal (Air Force) employees. The instrument measured employees' perceptions of their supervisors' leadership behaviors through the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)-Observer. Organizational culture was measured by the OCTAPACE Profile, which measured organizational ethos/culture. Gender and tenure was the controlling variables in the research study to examine any potential confusing effects. A mixed-method exploratory approach research design was incorporated to help understand, explain, and validate findings. Key findings indicated that the majority of employees are positive about their supervisor's leadership behavior but see a need to increase the awareness of enlisting other in a collective vision by appealing to a shared goal. Finally, this study concluded with recommendations to increase supervisors' awareness of leadership behavior and organizational culture in the workplace.

AdviserZhenhu Jin
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3237800

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