Employee motivation, Job satisfaction, Leadership, Performance standards, Supervisors -- Rating of
This study investigated the relationship between management style and the personality variable "locus of control" on subordinate job satisfaction among employees of a Communications Center for a large municipal law enforcement agency. Unlike many of the past studies that investigated the relationship between employee internality and job satisfaction, this current study found that Internals and Externals did not differ in general satisfaction when both had perceptions of high considerate supervisory behavior. It was also hypothesized that locus of control would have a high negative correlation with general satisfaction. This hypothesis was not supported. The last hypothesis of this study involved the degree to which Internal and External subordinates would differ from one another when they perceived their supervisor to be high or low on both supervisory dimensions (considerations and initiating structure). A t-test for independent samples showed that the difference (on satisfaction) between those individuals with an Internal locus of control and those with and External locus of control was not significantly different when they perceived their supervisor to be high on both the consideration and initiating structure dimensions.
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Turnage, Janet J.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Smith, Stephanie A., "Subordinate Locus of Control, Leadership Styles and Job Satisfaction" (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4752.