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Research Methodology

The aim of this research is to test influences of leadership behaviors on work- related outcomes and to assess effects of physical distance, relationship quality, and interaction frequency in the relationship between leader and follower. To address the research question from a statistical perspective, quantitative cross-sectional research design is applied. Previously validated survey instruments are used: leadership behavior is assessed with the MLQ 5X short (Bass & Avolio, 1995); relationship quality is assessed using the LMX-7 (Graen & Uhl-Bien, 1995); and the assessment of self-leadership is facilitated by the recently developed SLSI (Furtner & Rauthmann, in prep.). Data is collected with the help of self-administered online questionnaires. In order to analyze the data structural equation modeling (SEM), multiple linear regressions, moderation, and mediation analyses are anticipated.

Quality Control

In order to assure certain quality standards, this work follows the guidelines of scientific writing of the University of Liechtenstein. Documentation is pursued according to standards of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The dissertation process is divided into two phases. The first phase includes participation in higher education courses and the completion of assignments and presentations. Courses in scientific writing, research methods, research design, and theory of the firm provide the fundamental background for issuing this work. Passing the courses is a prerequisite for submitting and defending the preliminary study.

The second phase of the dissertation process includes contribution at an international conference and doctoral seminars which depict state-of-the-art research activities in the majoring field. Throughout the entire dissertation development procedure, progress is evaluated in regular doctoral consortia with the supervisor, cosupervisor, and peer researchers. Frequent discussions with Prof. Dr. Urs Baldegger ensure the positioning of the dissertation in regards to content, theoretical, and practical value. Consultations with Prof. Dr. Marco Furtner from the University of Innsbruck confirm the appropriateness of the selected procedures. Repeated exchanges of information and discussions with qualified fellow doctoral students from adjacent research institutes further assist in the evolution of this work. The present dissertation will be submitted for publication as a monograph. Evaluation of the monograph is led by the doctoral committee announced during the dissertation process. Potential submissions of research articles will undergo a peer-review process prior to publication.

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