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The Perception of the Role of Charismatic Leadership in a Research and Development Environment
by Henderson, Richard Dwayne, D.B.A., Grand Canyon University, 2018, 294; 10785107
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative exploratory case study was to explore participant perceptions regarding the suitability of charismatic leadership for R&D projects and to understand how top-level management, project managers, and project team members perceive charismatic leadership style for two different R&D departments at a corporation on the West Coast of the United States. Participants included five top-level managers, five project managers, and five project team members. This qualitative study addressed a lack of knowledge of the influence and power of charismatic leadership in project management. The suitability of the charismatic leadership style in the corporate environment, specifically within managing R&D projects, was also explored. The theoretical approach for the dissertation was of a charismatic leadership theory through the lens of social behavior, stemming from a desire to know how top-level management, project managers, and project team members perceive charismatic leadership style. Data were triangulated through pre-interview and demographic questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and a researcher’s log to a converging line of inquiry to explain the phenomenon. The findings showed that project management under the influence of a charismatic leader could provide a positive environment with leadership, loyalty, project management, relationships, and teamwork that inspire the project team’s performance as perceived by 15 participants. The findings add to the existing body of knowledge associated with charismatic leadership style by expanding the subject into the project management field relating to charismatic leadership theory. Keywords: Charismatic Leadership, Loyalty, Project Management, Qualitative Research, R&D Leadership, Relationships, and Teamwork

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: D'Urso, Patricia A.
Commitee: Branch, Robert A., Roland, Troy
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Business Administration
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Management, Behavioral Sciences
Keywords: Charismatic leadership, Loyalty, Project management, Qualitative research, R&d leadership, Relationships and teamwork
Publication Number: 10785107
ISBN: 978-0-355-82951-8
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