Transformational leadership and economic efficiency – Can a charismatic leader in an administration for care motivate the subordinates to improve the economic performance?

Background and Problem Discussion: Skövde Kommun is a public organization and one of many tasks is to provide help and service to the aged and handicapped in the city. This is done through the administration for care. After many years with poor economic performance the politicians in Skövde decided 2002 to restructure the elderly care in Skövde. In January 2004 a new chief administrator was recruited and one of the most important issues was to improve the activities within the administration for care and department for elderly. Something, which was strongly emphasized, was the goal to increase the economic performance and having a budget in balance, i.e. achieve economic efficiency.The interest for this study was to see if the new chief administrator had the competence, leadership skills and charisma enough to restructure the organization and improve the economic efficiency, i.e. make sure the budget show a surplus. During 2004 and 2005 the chief administrator focused on the restructuring of the organization and strongly emphasized respect for the economic resources…

Contents

1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 BACKGROUND
1.2 DISCUSSION OF THE PROBLEM
1.2.1 The Problem
1.3 PROBLEM DEMARCATION
1.4 PURPOSES
1.4.1 Main purpose
1.4.2 Other purposes
1.4.3 The Purpose’s theoretical and practical relevance
1.5 PRESENTATION OF THE STUDIED ORGANIZATION
1.5.1 Skövde Kommun
1.5.2 The Administration for care and department for elderly care
1.5.3 The Economy
1.5.4 The Chief administrator
2. METHODOLOGY
2.1 BACKGROUND TO METHODOLOGY
2.2 THE EVOLUTION OF METHODOLOGY
2.2.1 Positivism
2.2.2 Hermeneutic
2.3 SCIENCE THEORIES AND ITS RELATION TO METHODOLOGY
2.4 HOW I PERCEIVE SCIENCE
2.5 A QUANTITATIVE OR QUALITATIVE APPROACH TO THE STUDY
2.6 CRITIQUES OF THE CHOSEN METHODOLOGY
2.7 HOW I GATHER DATA
2.7.1 The Targeted respondents
2.7.2 Analysis of absent answers (externally and internally)
2.7.3 Validity
2.7.4 Reliability
3. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
3.1 INTRODUCTION
3.2 HISTORY OF MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
3.3 THEORIES IN MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
3.3.1 Different leadership styles
3.3.2 Tools for leadership
3.4 THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS
3.5. TRANSACTIONAL LEADERSHIP
3.6 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP
3.6.1 Charisma
3.6.2 Impacts of transformational leadership
3.6.3 The Dark Side
3.7 MOTIVATED EMPLOYEES
3.8 ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY
3.8.1 Economic efficiency in public organizations
3.8.2 Competence and leadership as a tool for increased efficiency
3.9 RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY
3.9.1 Empirical evidence
3.9.2 Strategic trap
3.10 THE CONCEPTUAL MODEL
4. FINDINGS
4.1 ANSWERS ON THE QUESTIONNAIRE
4.1.1 Previous years
4.1.2 Absent answers
4.2 THE ECONOMIC RESULTS 2001 TO 2005
4.2.1 Budget frames
5. ANALYSIS
5.1 THE ANSWERS ON THE QUESTIONS
5.2 EACH RESPONDENT’S SCORE
5.2.1 The Score today compared to previous years
5.3 THE ECONOMY IN THE ADMINISTRATION
5.4 THE STATISTICAL APPROACH
5.5 CORRELATIONS BETWEEN CHARISMA AND BUDGET IN BALANCE?
5.6 HOW TO USE THE RESULT OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE
6. CONCLUSIONS
6.1 CONCLUSIONS FROM THE QUESTIONNAIRE
6.2 CHARISMATIC CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR?
6.3 THE STUDY
6.3.1 The Method
7. COMMENTS
REFERENCES
APPENDIX

Author: Tony Pehrson

Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

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Transformational leadership and economic efficiency – Can a charismatic leader in an administration for care motivate the subordinates to improve the economic performance?