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A Hypothetical Research Design - employee self-efficacy

Develop a Hypothetical Research Design that includes the following information:
o Research Question(s). State the research question(s) that you are proposing to study.
What is the effect of leadership change (transformational) on employee morale and commitment?

o Survey Research Method. Clearly state why a survey method would be appropriate given your research question(s).
Please advise

o Hypotheses. State both a null and alternative research hypothesis. Be sure to articulate clearly the variables you are proposing to study.
Ho: Transformational leadership will not increase employee morale and commitment.
Ha: Transformational leadership will increase employee morale and commitment.

o Research Design. Include the following information in this section: Please advise on each section
a. Population. Define the population you would propose to study and its characteristics. This should include, but is not limited to 1) age, 2) gender, 3) ethnicity, 4) additional cultural factors, and 5) education level.
b. Sampling. Define your method of sampling the population (for example: random, convenience, etc.). State how you would gain access to the participants.
c. Measures. Briefly describe the measures you will use to assess the predictor and the outcome. For example, if you were measuring efficacy, you would briefly describe and provide a reference for a self-efficacy scale.
d. Ethical protection of participants. Briefly state any ethical issues you foresee with your study. Also, make a preliminary assessment of the level of risk associated with participation in your study that might need to be raised with the Institutional Review Board.

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Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a scale for measuring commitment and morale, so let's go with self-efficacy, as there many scales measuring self-efficacy.

RESPONSE:

Research Question(s). State the research question(s) that you are proposing to study.

What is the effect of leadership change (transformational) on employee self-efficacy?

Survey Research Method. Clearly state why a survey method would be appropriate given your research question(s).

This would be appropriate as it can collect data on self-reported measures of self-efficacy. This way, two groups can be formed based on the results (low-self-efficacy vs. high self-efficacy) and compared. You will expect that there will be a significant difference, with more employees having a higher level of self-efficacy that those who do not.

Hypotheses. State both a null and alternative research hypothesis. Be sure to articulate clearly the variables you are proposing to study.

Ho: Transformational leadership will not increase employee self-efficacy.
Ha: Transformational leadership will increase employee self-efficacy.

a. Population. Define the population you would propose to study and its characteristics. This should include, but is not limited to 1) age, 2) gender, 3) ethnicity, 4) ...

Solution Summary

An overview of employee self-efficacy is given.

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