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Leadership and organisation in the changing world

Organisational context, working conditions, interactions and health of leaders and followers

Project number: F 2436 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) / Kantar Deutschland GmbH Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2022-06-30


Leaders play a key role in the course of organisations' adaption to emerging challenges. The question how leadership relates to and affects important parameters such as employees' performance, success, health and well-being, may, however, not be answered without taking organisational context into account.

Aspects such as organisational structures and culture determine leaders' working conditions and hence their behaviour. Yet, not much is known about these associations and about the way actual leadership behaviour influences employees' performance, well-being and health on the long run. In order to answer these questions, it is necessary to gather and analyse data from all levels of an organisation (strategic, operational and individual).

The project at hand tackles these requirements by combining different ways of data collection: A multilevel analysis in 50 organisations is conducted and supplemented with quantitative and qualitative in-depth analyses. Thereby, the project contributes to answering open research questions and derives practical recommendations for organisations. The project considers the context of leadership and the changing demands leaders are currently confronted with. This provides the opportunity to identify suitable ways of supporting and guiding leaders in the changing world of work.




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