The relationship between inspirational motivation, retention, and profitability within publically traded for-profit colleges

by Thompson, Tina N., D.B.A., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2015, 115 pages; 3744326


This study aims to illuminate associations that exist between leadership styles and the effects they have on employee behaviors, such as commitment, retention, and ultimately an organization’s profitability. A Qualtrics panel of 255 staff and faculty employed by publicly traded colleges and universities participated in an online survey. Data collected and analyzed sought to provide an understanding if an association exists between inspirational motivation, commitment, retention, and profitably. This study enhances our understanding of leadership style impacts on employees. In addition, this study extends the retention and profitability research, inspirational motivation research, and employee commitment research. Three instruments were in use including the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (Form 5x-short), the Global Measure of Job Embeddedness, and the Relationship Performance Scale. To date, no systematic investigations have included populations of publicly traded college and university staff and faculty or have used the combination of instruments in the manner this study did. Using a correlation analysis technique, Chi-Square provided levels of significance that occur through associations. The findings support there is no association between the use of inspirational motivation and the commitment, retention, and profitability. Future research may seek to understand inspirational motivation effects on alternative variables such as performance, job satisfaction, or organizational culture.

AdviserLaura Mays
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Higher education administration; Management
Publication Number3744326

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