Title: The joint effect of leadership style and organisational justice on employees' work engagement

Authors: Hamid Mahmood Gelaidan; Abdullah Al-Swidi; Jaithen Abdullah J. Al Harbi

Addresses: Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business & Economics, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar ' Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business & Economics, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar ' Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business & Economics, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar

Abstract: Despite the existing body of literature devoted to the topic of work engagement, this study examined the effect of some important variables, such as transformational and transactional leadership styles, on work engagement. In addition, it examined the mediating impact of organisational justice on the said relationships. Data was collected from the employees of telecommunication companies in Malaysia using a survey questionnaire. Structural equation modelling by AMOS was then employed to examine the model. The results provided strong evidence for the positive significant effect of transformational and transactional leadership and organisational justice on work engagement. More importantly, while organisational justice was found to mediate the relationship between transformational leadership and work engagement, its mediating effect on the transactional leadership-work engagement relationship was not confirmed. This study enriches the current literature on work engagement by relating it to crucial factors such as leadership styles and organisational justice and provides empirical evidence.

Keywords: work engagement; transformational leadership; transactional leadership; organisational justice.

DOI: 10.1504/JGBA.2018.10015808

Journal for Global Business Advancement, 2018 Vol.11 No.2, pp.213 - 231

Received: 28 Apr 2017
Accepted: 16 Nov 2017

Published online: 31 Aug 2018 *

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