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An investigation into the associative relationship between Transformational Leadership and Public Service Motivation in an Irish public service organisation

Paraschiv, Dana (2018) An investigation into the associative relationship between Transformational Leadership and Public Service Motivation in an Irish public service organisation. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this research is to investigate the relationship between Transformational Leadership and Public Service Motivation in an Irish public service organisation.

Findings
The results of this study support 2 main findings. First, that there is no association between Public Service Motivation and Transformational Leadership. Second, that there is a small positive correlation between the age, job title/role and length of service and PSM and a negative correlation between PSM and education level.

Research limitations and implications
The main limitations identified include the design of the research study, the sample size, the methods for data analysis and biases associated with self-reported data. The research was limited to a cross-sectional study, yielding a time-specific result. The sample, albeit of high quality, is relatively small in comparison to similar researches, consisting of employees of a single public service organisation. The implications of such limitations impact on the scientific and statistical significance of the results. For a more in-depth understanding of the relationship between Transformational Leadership and Public Service Motivation in Irish public service organisations, further research is required, involving other types of organisations, such as state departments, as well as other types of methodologies, such as longitudinal quantitative analysis.

Practical applications
This research will benefit managers in Irish public service organisations by gaining an in-depth understanding of the relationship between Transformational Leadership and Public Service Motivation and knowledge of the most adequate management and HR practices and strategies which can be applied in today’s public service organisations in order to increase employee motivation and performance.

Originality and value
Having conducted an effective and valid literature research, this appears to be the first study of this kind conducted in Ireland. The study contributes to the existing body of knowledge around the relationship between Transformational Leadership and Public Service Motivation by adding results from a new jurisdiction.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership

H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Motivation
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government > Public Sector
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 16:04
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 16:04
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3382

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