Author: Chan, Yiu-pun
Title: How will human values influence leadership style : case studies of two companies
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Leadership -- Case studies
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Department of Management
Pages: ix, 48, [11] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: This study is carried out to investigate the leadership behaviours perceived by managers in Hong Kong organisations since effective leadership style is one of the crucial factors for success in any organisations. The relationship of human values, demographic factors and adoption of leadership style by managers are also examined. For this study, a theoretical framework has been derived for proposing that human values and demographic factors of age, education background and working experience are the independent variables having influences on the managerial staff in choosing their leadership styles at work. Questionnaire survey was conducted in two large local organisations, namely the Shell Hong Kong Limited and the Hong Kong & China Gas Company Limited. There were 270 questionnaires completed and returned from the companies and were then computably analysed by statistical software. The Least Preferred Co-worker scale and World Values Survey module are used for tapping information from the managers. The obtained LPC mean score indicates the managers are of medium score and classified as mix of task oriented and relationship oriented leadership style. By F-test comparison, there is no difference found between the Shell Hong Kong Limited and the Hong Kong & China Gas Company Limited when we are looking separately into the managerial staff's leadership behaviours for these two companies. The results of bivariate and multivariate confirm that human values render a strong influence on managerial staff in choosing their leadership styles, but the studied demographic factors show no effect at all. Based on the findings and analysed results, the area of leadership style, human values and demographic factors are discussed in all perspectives. Limitations of the research work are also addressed for consideration. A conclusion is also drawn at the end of in this paper to summarise the scope of study being undertaken.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: restricted access

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