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dc.contributor.advisorWallace, James
dc.contributor.advisorCornelius, Nelarine
dc.contributor.authorSebaa, Ali A.*
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-19T08:19:18Z
dc.date.available2011-05-19T08:19:18Z
dc.date.issued2011-05-19
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/4885
dc.description.abstractManagerial characteristics have an important influence on strategy implementation. Previous studies have looked at the alignment of managerial characteristics with strategic type and aspects of performance. In all cases, the focus has been on corporate strategy and, predominantly, in private sector organisations. This study combines these objectives and investigates alignment between managerial characteristics, strategy and perceived performance. It focuses on management at the functional level in a public sector setting and demonstrates that classical upper-echelon theory is also relevant when applied at the functional level of management. The Miles and Snow (1978) typology is applied to the functional strategy for Dubai government organisations, to investigate whether functional units pursuing strategies are led by functional managers with dissimilar attributes, and whether the alignment between managerial characteristics and strategy is related to performance of the functional unit. Based on the extant literature, a research model has been developed, which yields two types of hypothesis. Data was collected by means of interviews and surveys to obtain knowledge of strategy types, and demographic and psychological characteristics for the functional managers. Regression techniques have been used for data analysis rendering support for two types of hypothesis. Consequently, this study supports the view that Upper Echelon theory can also apply at the functional level, emphasising the role of the functional managers, at the lower management levels of the organisations, in strategy implementation.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights<a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="http://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nc-nd/3.0/88x31.png" /></a><br />The University of Bradford theses are licenced under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">Creative Commons Licence</a>.en_US
dc.subjectStrategyen_US
dc.subjectAlignmenten_US
dc.subjectFunctional managersen_US
dc.subjectCharacteristicsen_US
dc.subjectDubai governmenten_US
dc.subjectManagementen_US
dc.subjectUpper Echelon theoryen_US
dc.titleThe importance of aligning managerial characteristics to functional strategy in public sector organisations: An empirical study of Dubai government.en_US
dc.type.qualificationleveldoctoralen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bradfordeng
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of Managementen_US
dc.typeThesiseng
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_US
dc.date.awarded2010
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