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Academics transformational leadership: an investigation of heads of department leadership behaviours in Malaysian public universities

Tahir, Lokman and Abdullah, Tina and Ali, Mohd. Fadzli and Daud, Khadijah (2014) Academics transformational leadership: an investigation of heads of department leadership behaviours in Malaysian public universities. Educational Studies, 40 (5). pp. 473-495. ISSN 0305-5698

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03055698.2014.932272

Abstract

Presently, the role and the function of universities in Malaysia have been described as being in a state of change. Several strategies have been adopted to assist in the re-branding of higher institutions of learning. As a consequence, an effective model of leadership practices, particularly at the Malaysian academic departmental level, has to be generated in order to replace the traditional leadership practices in meeting the national aspirations. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between department heads’ leadership behaviour with academics’ organisational commitment. Survey responses from 430 academics from Malaysian public universities were received and analysed. The main finding of this study reveals that the adoption of encouraging leadership behaviour (Kouzes and Posner’s Transformational Leadership) shows a 55% direct positive relationship with academics’ organisational commitment, with demographical factors playing no role as a moderator with either variable. This reinforces the rationalisation for adopting the model within the Malaysian academic setting, where department heads should indeed lead the academic organisation

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:academics’ head of departments, Malaysia, public universities, transformational leadership behaviours
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Education
ID Code:51701
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:01 Feb 2016 11:52
Last Modified:14 Oct 2018 16:37

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