The Relationship Between Transformational Leadership and Work-related Attitudes: The Mediating Roles of Research Self-efficacy and Job Stress


Academic leaders at managerial universities have faced tremendous challenges to recruit and sustain committed and satisfied university faculty members. Against the backdrop, this study examined the nature of the relationship between departmental-level academic leaders’ transformational leadership and university faculty members’ work-related attitudes (i.e., organizational commitment and job satisfaction) by investigating the mediating roles of research self-efficacy and job stress. A questionnaire was administered to 1498 university faculty members from 26 research-intensive universities in China. The results indicated that the departmental-level academic leaders’ transformational leadership has a strong and positive effect on university faculty members’ organizational commitment and job satisfaction. This study further showed that university faculty members’ research self-efficacy positively mediated the relationship between transformational leadership and organizational commitment and job satisfaction while faculty members’ perceived job stress negatively mediated the relationship. The limitations and implications of this study are discussed.

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Ya-Ting Huang, Zhejiang University, China

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Conference: SEACE2020
Stream: Higher education

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