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Assessing the factors of transactional leadership style for construction projects: a case of Nigerian construction industry

Olasunkanmi, Femi-favour Olabode; Ikediashi, Dubem Isaac; Ajiero, Ikenna Reginald

Authors

Femi-favour Olabode Olasunkanmi

Ikenna Reginald Ajiero



Abstract

Purpose
The role of construction industry in harnessing human and material resources of a nation cannot be overemphasised; hence, the emergence of the requirement of leadership. This study aims to assess the usage of factors of transactional leadership style (TSLS) by the project managers (PMs) in the Nigeria construction industry.

Design/methodology/approach
A survey research design approach with questionnaire as an instrument of gathering data was adopted. Out of 1,233 questionnaires distributed, data from 975 received with acceptable feedback were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics.

Findings
This study revealed the following factors under active management by exception as the TSLS factors often employed by PMs in Nigeria. These factors are the three frequently used factors: they are: “always give clear and final instructions to be implemented in the project”; “always observed the progress of the project, assessed risk and took precaution to avoid mistakes in the project”; and “always closely monitor performance for errors needing correction”. This study concludes that it is imperative for PMs in the study area to adopt and incorporate these factors to ensure continuous successful delivery of construction projects.

Practical implications
Therefore, it is hoped that the findings of this research will help the construction industry managers to address the age-long but unrecognised leadership problem confronting the sector, thereby boosting project delivery.

Originality/value
The findings establish the appropriateness or otherwise of adoption of factors of transactional leadership, either in part or a whole.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 3, 2023
Deposit Date Jan 4, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 7, 2023
Journal Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Print ISSN 1726-0531
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/jedt-01-2022-0012
Keywords transactional, leadership style, construction industry, Nigeria, projects delivery
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2997256

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