The Relationship Between Manager's Leadership Style and Employee Job Satisfaction in Selected Beijing Computer Software Companies

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Judith Beauford


Constance Green


Kathy Webster


Zhanbo Yang


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between manager's leadership style and employee job satisfaction in Beijing computer software companies. Specifically, this research identified how the authoritarian, benevolent, or moral leadership style measured by Paternalistic Leadership Scale (PLS) relates to employees' satisfaction with work, pay, opportunities for promotion, supervision, coworkers, and the job in general as measured by Job Descriptive Index (JDI) and demographic characteristics including gender, age, educational background, and work experience. Survey packages containing the PLS, the JDI, and a demographic questionnaire were distributed to 200 managers and employees who had worked at least 6 months in 10 selected Beijing computer software companies. Of these surveys, 107 survey packages (53.50%) were returned and 103 were valid including 19 managers and 84 employees. Descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, including means, frequencies, percentages, Cronbach alpha coefficients, Chi-Square Goodness of Fit test, Simple and Canonical Correlation, Pearson Chi-Square Test of Independence were used for analysis by using SPSS. The .05 level of statistical significance was set for all the statistical computation.

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