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Influential factors impacting leadership effectiveness: A case study at a public university

Acta Commercii

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Title Influential factors impacting leadership effectiveness: A case study at a public university
Creator Jansen van Vuuren, Carel D. Visser, Kobus du Plessis, Marieta
Subject Management; leadership; volatile; uncertain; complex; ambiguous (VUCA); Higher Education (HE) influential factors; leader effectiveness; higher education; volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity (VUCA); contemporary leadership styles
Description Orientation: As a result of increased globalisation and rapid changes in the technological, social, economic and political spheres, the environment in which businesses and organisations function has become increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). This has created a unique set of challenges for the leaders of these organisations, including higher education (HE) in South Africa.Research purpose: This study aimed to identify potential influential factors that have impact on leader effectiveness in a HE VUCA environment.Motivation for the study: Leadership effectiveness under VUCA conditions within the South African higher education sector no longer only depends on professional leadership training. A thorough understanding of crucial influential factors moderating leader effectiveness and a sober strategy to overcome potential negative impact is pivotal. This study seeks to contribute to this understanding and to leadership theory and practice.Research design, approach and method: A qualitative research approach was adopted to test research participants’ perceptions regarding the significance of influential factors impacting leadership effectiveness. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 employees in leadership positions at a single public university. A rigorous 16-stepwise method was used to analyse the qualitative data that employed a directed qualitative content analysis.Main findings: The major findings of the study include theoretical and empirical support for four influential factors impacting leadership effectiveness, that is, organisational culture, the role of women in leadership, and the role of millennials in leadership and diversity.Practical/managerial implications: Recommendations for university leaders to create an enabling environment for effective leadership to navigate VUCA are provided.Contribution/value-add: The significance of this study lies in the potential contribution to leadership theory and insights for leaders in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to be effective in the face of VUCA.
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Contributor This project received partial funding from the Historically Disadvantaged Institution (HDI) grant, directed towards developing research niche areas at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Date 2022-04-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — A directed qualitative content analysis approach has been adopted
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ac.v22i1.978
Source Acta Commercii; Vol 22, No 1 (2022); 9 pages 1684-1999 2413-1903
Language eng
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Coverage — — The present study’s final sample consisted of 24 participants in leadership positions at a public university. The demographic characteristics of the participants included 2 executives, 11 senior managers and 11 middle managers. The sample included 13 fema
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