PhD thesis
Die Wirkung von enttäuschten Mitarbeitererwartungen an Personalführung - Attributionstheoretische Effekte und Handlungskonsequenzen

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Seele, H.
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Springer Gabler
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This dissertation concerns the perception of disappointed leadership expectations from the followers’ perspective. These perceptions are recorded and discussed in front of a cognitive approach. Afterwards they are linked to behavioral consequences and attributional effects are derived and discussed. The introduction shows how the problem of an incomplete leadership admission in practice can be integrated into theoretical leadership research discussions. The problem is positioned as being addressed by cognitive leadership research. In this order, the research question is formulated in relation to this research stream presented. The first chapter ends with an overview of the assignment’s structure and sequence. Chapter two addresses the theoretical background and reflects the current state of research to critically discuss and scrutinize it. First, the term “expectation” is discussed generally and specified by sociological approaches. Based on this, the term is integrated into cognitive leadership research. Thus, the forming of leadership expectations is presented by the implicit leadership theories. The following use of these expectations is framed by parts of LMX-theory, but preferentially by the follower-centered attribution theory to explain the possibility of disappointed expectations at all. The end of the chapter shows how remaining open questions concerning the linking of disappointed expectations to behavioral consequences and the attribution effects in terms of a gradation between complete denial or acknowledgement still exist. These questions justify the need of an empirical investigation. The third chapter first comprises the empirical design and explains all the decisions made within this context. The qualitative design features two different studies, a prototype-study based on single interviews and a relationship-study based on a combination of diaries and interviews. The results are presented and discussed by many figures, quotes and literature references. Concerning the disappointed expectations, the theoretical dimensions “interpersonal relationship”, “structural leadership” and “situational leadership behavior” could be established. In terms of behavioral consequences, the dimensions “relationship investment”, “confrontation” and “withdrawal from relationship” could be derived. In chapter four, the empirical results are discussed. These discussion leads into formulating a differentiated model of follower-centered leadership attribution, representing the central finding of the dissertation project. The model connects the theoretical dimensions of disappointed leadership expectations to the ones of the behavioral consequences, based on the empirical results and on the inclusion of relevant current research literature and the empirical findings presented by those publications. Therefore the dissertation carries out a direct contribution to leadership research by enhancing the follower-centered leadership attribution theory. Furthermore, research propositions are given for further research projects. Finally, practical implications, the quality and limitations of the study are discussed. The final chapter five summarizes by a concluding overview and outlooks on possible future following research.

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