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Is self-leadership the new silver bullet of leadership? An empirical test of the relationship between self-leadership and organizational commitment

Signe Pihl-Thingvad

management revue. Socio-economic Studies, 2014, vol. 25, issue 2, 103-124

Abstract: Self-leadership is theoretically assumed to be the key management approach in modern knowledge work because it strengthens the employees’ commitment. This study examines the relationship between self-leadership and affective organizational commitment empirically. An underlying assumption in the self-leadership research, that employees are guided and committed by internal work ideals, is tested, and self-leadership is compared to motivational factors in traditional management theories. The results show that self-leadership positively affects organizational commitment, while the internal work ideals overall do not seem to have the expected effect. However, the effect of self-leadership on commitment disappears when the relationship is controlled for traditional motivational factors. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed, and foci for future research are suggested.

Keywords: Human Resource Management; stakeholder management; stakeholder based HRM; stakeholder involvement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D20 D23 J24 J29 L20 L23 L29 L23 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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