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Leading Techies: Assessing Project Leadership Styles Most Significantly Related to Software Developer Job Satisfaction


  • Steven Westlund

    (Washington University in Saint Louis, USA)


The leadership behavior of the immediate supervisor is found to contribute to subordinate job satisfaction and organizational commitment. The purpose of this study is to assess leadership styles that are significantly correlated with software developer job satisfaction. The participants were software developers from 24 organizations in higher education, consulting, defense contracting, and local government. Correlations were assessed through multiple linear regressions. The results indicate a significant predicting relationship between project manager leadership styles and software developer job satisfaction. Contingent-reward, active management-by-exception, and laissez-faire leadership styles are found to be significantly related to overall job satisfaction when controlling the effects of the other independent variables. Implications of these findings are discussed along with recommendations for IT professionals and researchers.

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  • Steven Westlund, 2011. "Leading Techies: Assessing Project Leadership Styles Most Significantly Related to Software Developer Job Satisfaction," International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals (IJHCITP), IGI Global, vol. 2(2), pages 1-15, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jhcitp:v:2:y:2011:i:2:p:1-15

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