Date of Award

Spring 3-26-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Project Management

First Advisor

Stephen Onu

Abstract

This is a study on the impact of leadership styles on the employee job satisfaction in the luxury retail project management industry. The purpose of conducting this research is to identify the impact of different types of leadership styles on the employee job satisfaction towards the organization. This research examines major leadership styles, which may be summarized as autocratic leadership, democratic leadership laissez-faire leadership, transactional leadership and transformative leadership styles. The proposed research solution for this study is a qualitative correlational study. In this study specially designed questionnaires will be used to collect the primary data from targeting population which is the people who work in the luxury retail industry in Shanghai China; Furthermore, the secondary data came from a comprehensive literature review. After the primary data and the secondary data analyzed, the study result will be addressed at the end of this research.

The result of the research shows that there is a significant relationship between the leadership styles and employee job satisfaction in the retail industry. Especially the transformational and democratic leadership style has a positive correlation in between; the funding suggests that the transformational and democratic leadership style may be the most appropriate style for leaders in the luxury retail project management.

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