Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leadership styles and information security in small businesses: An empirical investigation
by Bhattacharya, Debasis, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2008, 252; 3324059
Abstract (Summary)

Small businesses often display a lack of concern towards cybercrime and information security problems. A lack of concern usually results in delayed or incorrectly implemented security measures, which increases vulnerability to cybercrime. The first purpose of this quantitative, descriptive, correlational research study was to empirically investigate leadership styles and assess the level of concern regarding information security problems within small businesses that belong to particular chambers of commerce or trade associations within the state of Hawaii. The second purpose of this study was to determine the degree of a possible relationship between leadership styles and the level of concern towards information security problems within these small businesses. The 122 small business participants in the study completed the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire and the Small Business Security Questionnaire to test whether a statistically significant correlation exists between particular leadership styles and the level of concern regarding information security problems. The results of this study showed a significant correlation between transactional and transformational leadership styles and the level of concern towards information security problems within small businesses. This research suggests that small businesses leaders need to demonstrate more than one leadership style to broaden their preparation against a range of information security issues and problems. The findings may be applicable to small business leaders who proactively search for a cost-effective and optimal combination of leadership styles, technologies, and policies that will mitigate the evolving threats of cybercrime and information security problems.

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School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Information science
Keywords: Cybercrime, Hawaii, Information security, Internet crime, Leadership, Small business
Publication Number: 3324059
ISBN: 9780549765950
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