Title

Does Transformational Leadership Style Influence Employees’ Attitudes Toward Food Safety Practices?

Keywords

transformational leadership style, organizational climate, employees' attitudes, employees' intentions to follow food safety practices

Abstract

The objectives of this study were to examine whether transformational leadership style (TL) and organizational climate (OC) impact employees’ attitudes and intentions to follow safe food handling practices. We also set out to investigate the moderating effect of food safety certification on the relationships among TL, OC, and employees’ attitudes and intentions to follow food safety practices in restaurants. Questionnaires were distributed to restaurants in one state. Structural equation modeling techniques and multiple group analysis were used. The results of this study indicate that TL did not impact employees’ attitudes and intentions. However, TL significantly impacted OC, and OC significantly impacted employees’ attitudes and intentions to follow safe food handling practices; additionally, employees’ attitudes significantly impacted intentions to perform safe food handling practices. Furthermore, the moderating effect of food safety certification on the relationships among TL, OC, and employees’ attitudes and intentions was also significant. The results of this study not only provide a theoretical framework but also present more detailed diagnostic information regarding the impact of TL and OC on employees’ attitudes and intentions to follow safe food handling practices.

Publication Date

10-9-2012

Original Citation

Lee, J., Almanza, B., Jang, S.C., Nelson, D., & Ghiselli, R. (2013) Does transformational leadership style influence employees’ attitudes toward food safety practices? International Journal of Hospitality Management, 33, 282-293.

Number of Pages

282-293

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

International Journal of Hospitality Management

Volume

33

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2012.09.004

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