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Empowerment as a tool for increasing followers contribution and dedication: - A qualitative study about what motivates followers
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Empowerment is a leadership style where the leader gives away power and therefore provides freedom to the follower to successfully do what they want to do instead of what the leader want them to do (Whetten & Cameron, 2014). It is said that leader often fail when they have the incapability to motivate and manage their followers.


Purpose: This thesis tend to examine what motives followers in order to locate if empowerment is a potential leadership style that can increase follower’s dedication and contribution within their workplace.


Method: This research contains of a qualitative study with direct questions with an influence of open ended questions in order to capture the respondent’s personal opinions. The authors uses an abductive reasoning with an interpretivism philosophy as well with an exploratory approach.


Conclusion: The author’s conclusion is that the respondents of the research were not aware of the leadership style empowerment. However, all respondents had a positive attitude to the description of empowerment. This could show an indication that there is always a search for new leadership styles and empowerment is a style that could help followers to improve their contribution and dedication at their workplace.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Motivation, Empowerment, Followers, Job Satisfaction, Dedication, Contribution
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-26658ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-1-20150028OAI: diva2:812935
Available from: 2015-06-08 Created: 2015-05-20 Last updated: 2015-06-08Bibliographically approved

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