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Leadership Style and Employee Job Satisfaction: Evidence from Malaysian Semiconductor Industry

Somaye Gharibvand (), Mohammad Nurul Huda Mazumder (), Muhammad Mohiuddin () and Zhan Su
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Somaye Gharibvand: Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya
Mohammad Nurul Huda Mazumder: Faculty of Administrative Science, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Zhan Su: Faculty of Administrative Science, Laval University, Quebec, Canad

Transnational Corporations Review, 2013, vol. 5, issue 2, 93-103

Abstract: This paper discusses the results of the first comprehensive study of semiconductor industry in Malaysia which primarily consists of the operations set up by transnational corporations in high technology centres of Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The goals of our study were to determine the most effective leadership style to increase employee job satisfaction and to offer recommendations to improve the industry. We examined the relationship between three independent variables, two moderating factors, and employee job satisfaction as the dependent variable. We developed a research framework, formed hypotheses, collected extensive data, developed statistical models, and used multiple regression technique to analyze our field data. We concluded that collaboration among the transnational semiconductor corporations, Malaysia¡¯s government investment agency MIDA, and the Malaysian semiconductor firms have succeeded in creating a semiconductor workforce that is productive and enjoys a reasonably high level of job satisfaction.

Keywords: Leadership style; transnational corporations; organizational culture; participative leadership; gender of managers; workplace (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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