The preferred style of managers: an empirical study of Australian and Thai employees

Yukongdi, Vimolwan (2005) The preferred style of managers: an empirical study of Australian and Thai employees. In: 19th British Academy of Management Conference: SIG: Strategy-as-Practice (BAM 2005), 13-15 Sept 2005, Oxford, United Kingdom.


[Summary]: The study examined the preferred and perceived style of managers among employees in Australia and Thailand using a questionnaire survey. The correlation analysis and analysis of variance techniques were employed to investigate the relationship between preferred style of managers and perceived influence in decision-making, utilisation of skills, satisfaction with participation and job satisfaction. The results indicated that the
most preferred style of managers among Australian employees was a participative manager, followed by a consultative, and a paternalistic manager. Surprisingly, nearly one third of Australian employees perceived their managers to be autocratic. Thai employees’ preferred style of manager was the consultative manager, followed by
participative, and paternalistic, while a large proportion of employees perceived they worked under a consultative manager. For both nation samples, employees who
perceived their managers to be more democratic, also reported a higher degree skill utilisation, satisfaction with participation, and job satisfaction. In addition, Thai
employees reported a greater degree of influence in decision-making when the manager was perceived to be more democratic.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper at Author's request.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 06:08
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: managers; management; style; preferred; perceived; Australian; Australia; Thailand; Thai
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour

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