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Impact of Leadership Styles on Employee Engagement and Conflict Management Practices in Nigerian Universities

Akanji, B., Mordi, Tonbara, Ajonbadi, A. and Mojeed-Sanni, B. (2018) Impact of Leadership Styles on Employee Engagement and Conflict Management Practices in Nigerian Universities. Issues in Educational Research, 28 (4). pp. 830-848. ISSN 1837-6290

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This study explores how leadership styles impact work engagement and conflict management practices in Nigerian universities. It utilises a qualitative research design, focusing on 40 semi-structured interviews with senior university management staff comprising Vice-Chancellors, Registrars, Bursars, Deans of Faculties and senior non-teaching staff (i.e. chief librarians) of some selected institutions. The findings reveal cultural values shaping the choice of authoritative, transactional and transformational leadership styles were commonly adopted. Results further indicate how Nigerian academic institutions and processes are considered as being overly bureaucratic and transactional. Additionally, some context-specific norms were found to influence leadership functions impacting work engagement and conflict management practices. In summary, the study suggests practice and policy implications that can enhance the direction and development of effective leadership in this context.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: leadership styles, Nigerian universities, conflict management practices, cultural dynamics
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Copyright Info: Open Access Journal
Depositing User: Tonbara Mordi
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 09:44
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:27

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