Research Example #3

Relationship Between Organizational Culture, Leadership Behavior and Job Satisfaction

Yafang Tsai (BMC Health Serv Res. 2011; 11: 98.)

Organizational culture refers to the beliefs and values that have existed in an organization for a long time, and to the beliefs of the staff and the foreseen value of their work that will influence their attitudes and behavior. Administrators usually adjust their leadership behavior to accomplish the mission of the organization, and this could influence the employees’ job satisfaction. It is therefore essential to understand the relationship between organizational culture, leadership behavior and job satisfaction of employees. Results found that organizational cultures were significantly (positively) correlated with leadership behavior and job satisfaction, and leadership behavior was significantly (positively) correlated with job satisfaction.

The article topic is the relationship between organizational culture and leadership behavior in employees. The research question is “How does a company’s organizational culture affect an employee’s leadership behavior and job satisfaction?”

The type of data needed to answer this question is shallow opinions and attitudes, as well as reports of acts and events. A cross-sectional study was undertaken that focused on hospital nurses in Taiwan. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire; 300 questionnaires were distributed and 200 valid questionnaires were returned. Correlation analysis was used on the relationships between organizational cultures, leadership behavior and job satisfaction.

Ordinal data was the method of data analysis used. The researchers asked the participants to rate (1-5) how strongly they agreed or disagreed with each statement.

I think that this research is pretty good. I think that their sample size was a large enough size to have reliable results. I think that this source was very helpful in preparing me for writing my own research project. Because this source focused primarily on nurses, I think it would be interesting to repeat this test in several other occupations to see how the results differ.

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