Assessment of a study of the relationship between transformational leadership, empowerment and organizational commitment
Introduction and Purpose of Study
The implications of transformational leadership on a firm’s employees and the success of the firm overall are areas of ongoing research according to Ismail, Mohamed, Sulaiman, Mohamad, and Yusuf (2011). The authors make the case that in a changing global environment transformational leadership styles, rather than transactional styles, are a means organizations are using to meet their strategies (p. 90). They argue previous research suggests that some aspects of transformational leadership, such as empowerment, may motivate the followers to unite, change their own goals, and even look beyond their own self-interest to achieve the organization’s interest (p. 90). Thus, the use of a transformational style may impact employee outcomes, especially organizational commitment resulting in increased organizational performance. According to Ismail et al. (2011, p. 91), despite studies showing this important relationship, there is insufficient explanation of how and why transformational leadership affects organizational commitment. Their study begins to address the shortfall by studying the mediating effects of empowerment on the relationship between the variables Transformational Leadership and Organizational Commitment.
The assessment presented here focuses on the sampling methodologies used by the authors and argues that potential weaknesses in the methodologies limits the conclusions to something less than that which is presented by Ismail et al. (2011, pp. 100-101). This paper will have three following sections. First, there is a methods section to discuss the authors’ sampling methods and potential weaknesses. That will be followed a discussion section that contains the implications of weaknesses to the study results. The paper will conclude with a closing section that will provide an overall assessment of the analysis.
According to Burns and Burns (2008, p. 194), a successful sample that balances both efficiency and reliability of generalization can be accomplished by the defining the population, identifying the sample frame, determining the sample size, selecting the appropriate sampling technique, and then collecting the sample. In this section it will be argued that the authors’ acceptance of the sample frame, techniques, and data collection methods in various parts of the study introduces potential bias and thus there are implications to the reported results.
The authors objectives were to examine: (1) the relationship between transformational leadership and empowerment; (2) the relationship between transformational leadership, and (3) the organizational commitment and the mediating effects of empowerment in the relationship between transformational leadership and commitment. The authors used a cross-sectional study that included the components, in-depth...