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Proposing a new approach for evaluating the situational leadership theory based on the Kano model: The case of university students

Reza Salehzadeh (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)
Arash Shahin (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)
Ali Kazemi (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)
Ali Shaemi Barzoki (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 9 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a new approach for evaluating the situational leadership theory (SLT).

Design/methodology/approach

Statistical population includes the undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students of the University of Isfahan. For data analysis, 727 accurate completed questionnaires have been used. Initially, questions were developed for each SLT style, followed by analysis in which the type of styles were determined and classified using the Kano evaluation table.

Findings

Based on the Kano's classifications, findings imply that, the appropriate leadership styles for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students are directing, coaching and supporting styles, respectively.

Originality/value

The approach and findings of this research contribute to the literature of SLT and the Kano model. Findings can be used as a guideline for lecturers in leading and motivating students.

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Citation

Salehzadeh, R., Shahin, A., Kazemi, A. and Shaemi Barzoki, A. (2015), "Proposing a new approach for evaluating the situational leadership theory based on the Kano model: The case of university students", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 4-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-05-2014-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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