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Identifying vision realization factors at a Thai state enterprise

Sooksan Kantabutra (Leadership Research Group, College of Management, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Molraudee Saratun (Leadership Research Group, College of Management, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 9 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate vision‐based leadership effects on follower satisfaction in a Thai state enterprise.

Design/methodology/approach

Extending previous research, the present study examines relationships between vision realization factors and employee satisfaction. Derived from the literature, these vision realization factors are vision communication, motivation, and empowerment of employees. In total, five directional hypotheses are developed and tested accordingly through a series of regression analyses.

Findings

Findings indicate that vision communication, motivation, and empowerment of employees are directly predictive of enhanced employee satisfaction at the Thai state enterprise.

Practical implications

To enhance employee satisfaction, supervisors of all levels at the Thai state enterprise should focus on frequently communicating their vision to their direct subordinates, particularly through written and technology‐mediated channels. The supervisors should also delegate work to their subordinates, provide resources and support services to them, and encourage them to make more decisions regarding daily operations. The supervisors should additionally act as a role model for their subordinates, build subordinates' self‐confidence, create challenges for them, and reward subordinates who act consistently with their vision.

Originality/value

Although leaders are widely exhorted to espouse vision and vision‐based leadership was empirically endorsed in the Thai culture, vision‐based leadership and its effects have been little investigated in the Thai state enterprise sector. This paper contributes to this area.

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Citation

Kantabutra, S. and Saratun, M. (2011), "Identifying vision realization factors at a Thai state enterprise", Management Research Review, Vol. 34 No. 9, pp. 996-1017. https://doi.org/10.1108/01409171111158965

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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