A study of correlation between Theory Y leadership and learning climate within a China mainland organization

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A study of correlation between Theory Y leadership and learning climate within a China mainland organization

 

Author: Ng, Wai-fuk
Title: A study of correlation between Theory Y leadership and learning climate within a China mainland organization
Degree: M.B.A.
Year: 1999
Subject: Leadership
Organizational learning -- China
Organizational behavior -- China
Corporate culture -- China
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Management
Pages: vi, 50 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1479885
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1866
Abstract: The aims of this research were to study the possible correlation between the Theory Y set of leadership assumptions and the learning climate within a China mainland organization, and to identify the factors which affected the organization's learning climate. Theoretical background was composed to support the interrelationships among leadership, self-directness, and learning. The particular emphasis had been put on the transformational type of leadership and its influence on subordinates' learning behavior. Leadership holding Theory Y set of assumptions about human nature were conceptualized to be the most basic driving force to facilitate subordinates' self-directed learning, which in effect the core element to constitute the organizational learning climate. An in-house organizational survey was conducted using Chinese version questionnaires translated from English. Their rating scales were modified to help participants with primary education background could understand the scoring requirements. There were over four thousand employees to participate this survey at the same period of time, with the total population as samples instead of using other sampling methods. Staff (leaders) were measured both their belief of Theory X and Theory Y sets of assumptions and their perception of the organization's learning climate, and operators (subordinates) were measured their perception of the learning climate. Statistical analyses with correlation measures were conducted to test two hypotheses: a correlation between Theory Y leadership and the organization's learning climate, and an indirect effect of different leaderships to different organizational sub-units' learning climate. Data were also collected to further understand the possibility of seniority, education level, and process setting to affect operators' learning climate perception. Using a Spearman's rho (p) test of correlation, the results indicated that there was not a significant correlation between the Theory Y set of leadership assumptions and the learning climate within the organization. However, the results supported that sub-units having different leaders had different perception rating of the learning climate. Overall, the organization held more belief of Theory Y instead of Theory X set of leadership assumptions, and had an average learning climate in terms of encouraging the growth of personality and personal responsibility.

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