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

Femi-favour Olabode Olasunkanmi (Department of Building, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria)
Dubem Isaac Ikediashi (Department of Building, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria)
Ikenna Reginald Ajiero (Department of Building, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 3 January 2023

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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.

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Citation

Olasunkanmi, F.-f.O., Ikediashi, D.I. and Ajiero, I.R. (2023), "Assessing the factors of transactional leadership style for construction projects: a case of Nigerian construction industry", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-01-2022-0012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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