Exploring the relationship of leadership and culture to organizational performance: A study of a mid -sized hospital

by Reymann, Timothy F., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 220 pages; 3329845


The purpose of this study was to explore the possible relationship between leadership style and organizational culture to the performance of an organization. A mixed-methodology research design was used through a sequential transformative (exploratory) strategy. This strategy applied quantitative and then qualitative methods that allowed for triangulation of data. A mid-sized metropolitan hospital provided the environment to study the three variables of organizational leadership, culture, and performance. The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire was used to explore transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire leadership styles. The Organizational Description Questionnaire was used to explore culture through the lens of transformational and transactional leadership. Data from semi-structured interviews allowed further exploration of the key research question and theoretical constructs presented in this study. Specific organizational, financial, and customer satisfaction data were studied to assess any relationship between leadership style and organizational cultural assumptions and values.

AdviserApril Boyington Wall
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3329845

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