Fiedler’s Contingency Theory: Practical Application of the Least Preferred Coworker (LPC) Scale

The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. X, No. 4, October 2011, pp. 7-26

Posted: 19 Jul 2012  

António João Santos Nunes

University of Beira Interior

Maria Rosa Pires da Cruz

University of Beira Interior

Paulo Gonçalves Pinheiro

University of Beira Interior

Date Written: July 19, 2012

Abstract

The present study aims at some considerations about leadership from the contingency perspective, focuses on the theory of Fiedler, whose basic premise is that group performance is contingent depending on the interaction of leadership styles and situations favorable to the leader. Leadership is an issue that has aroused much interest among people and is probably one of mankind’s most ancient concerns. Fiedler uses the distinction between task-oriented leadership style and relationship-oriented leadership style, relating these leadership styles with different types of situation, in order to determine the contingencies that make either style effective. Based on Fiedler’s theory, a case study was applied in Cape Verde at the University of Beira Interior (CABOUBI) (association of African students from Cape Verde) to confirm the applicability of the measures advocated by the theory (least preferred coworker).

Suggested Citation

Nunes, António João Santos and Cruz, Maria Rosa Pires da and Pinheiro, Paulo Gonçalves, Fiedler’s Contingency Theory: Practical Application of the Least Preferred Coworker (LPC) Scale (July 19, 2012). The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. X, No. 4, October 2011, pp. 7-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2113000

António João Santos Nunes (Contact Author)

University of Beira Interior ( email )

Rua Marquês de Ávila e Bolama
6200-209
Covilha, 6201-001
Portugal

Maria Rosa Pires da Cruz

University of Beira Interior ( email )

Rua Marquês de Ávila e Bolama
6200-209
Covilha, 6201-001
Portugal

Paulo Gonçalves Pinheiro

University of Beira Interior ( email )

Rua Marquês de Ávila e Bolama
6200-209
Covilha, 6201-001
Portugal

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