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An investigation of the relationship between leadership styles and employee job satisfaction in the Irish thoroughbred breeding and racing industry

Scott Campbell, Jake (2020) An investigation of the relationship between leadership styles and employee job satisfaction in the Irish thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Although numerous researchers have investigated the impact of leadership styles on employee job satisfaction, it is evident that these investigations were conducted in context of other prominent industries. With that being said there is no prior existing literature that has investigated the relationship between leadership styles and employee job satisfaction in the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry. It is apparent that further research is needed due to the substantial impact the industry has on the Irish economy. According to (Deloitte , 2017), the industry as a whole contributes a gross amount of €1.05 billion and a net amount of €914 million to the Irish economy.

This current study seeks to identify what specific leadership style/s result in the greatest correlation with employee job satisfaction in the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry. The primary objectives of this current study consist of measuring the relationships between transformational, transactional, laissez faire leadership and full-time/short-term/seasonal employee job satisfaction. It is through these measurements where the researcher hopes to conclude what leadership styles can be utilized by managers currently employed in the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry.

To accomplish these objectives a mono-quantitative, deductive approach was applied in obtaining a total of forty-two respondents of whom were current employees of the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry. The data was obtained for the purpose of evaluating the hypotheses which were related to a number of established leadership theories. The utilization of the adapted version of the MLQ (Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire) proposed by Xirasagar et al. (2005) has allowed the author to conclude that transformational leadership has the greatest effect on employee job satisfaction in the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry. However, correlations in relation to transactional and laissez faire leadership were determined to be statistically insignificant, implying that further research in the area is warranted in the interest of confirming such results. The practical implications of findings are also discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership

H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in International Business
Depositing User: Dan English
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 13:38
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 13:38
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4745

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