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21st Century Organizations - Perceived Succession Management and Leadership Style: A Quantitative Survey Study
by Bennerson, Jo Anna, Ph.D., Capella University, 2021, 195; 28320172
Abstract (Summary)

The study of the relationship between succession management and full range leadership theory revealed the existence of a relationship between succession management and the three leadership styles of the full range leadership theory (FRLT)-transformational leadership, transactional leadership, and passive-avoidant leadership. Academic literature for succession management in 21st century organizations, particularly for United States (U.S.) organizations, has been scarce. Empirical studies for succession management and leadership style, including those in the full range leadership theory, are few and far between. Where they do exist, they tend to address only transformational leadership. This study seeks to fill this gap in the literature. This nonexperimental, quantitative, explanatory study investigates the relationship between succession management and senior managers' leadership style in U.S. organizations, seeking to expand the study of succession management beyond the top levels of executive management or family organizations. The omnibus research question asked, “To what extent is there a relationship between the perceived succession management and leadership style of managers of Human Resource middle managers in today’s organizations”? One hundred forty-five human resource middle managers in the United States participated in an online survey questionnaire that included demographics, the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), and a perceptions of succession management questionnaire. The research was designed to discover if a relationship existed and whether the relationship was statistically significant. Multiple linear regression analysis and descriptive statistics were utilized to study the results. Data were analyzed using multiple regression at p<.05 for statistical significance. The results found that there was a statistically significant positive relationship between succession management and each leadership style in the full range leadership theory, with transactional leadership having the greatest predictor.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Randall, Phillip M.
Commitee: Allen, Adrian, Bann, Cheryl
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business, Technology and Health Administration
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Business administration
Keywords: Full range leadership, Leadership, Multifactor leadership questionnaire, Succession, Succession management
Publication Number: 28320172
ISBN: 9798582572985
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