IJMB Journal – Abstracts

International Journal of Management and Business

IJMB Volume II, Issue 2


Job Satisfaction, Management Style, and Occupational Stress among Managerial Employees
Marjaana Gunkela1* and Edward J. Lusk2

aDepartment of Management and Economics, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany. marjaana.gunkel@ovgu.de
bSchool of Business and Economics, State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, USA. luskej@plattsburgh.edu
bEmeritus The Wharton School: Department of Statistics, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA. lusk@wharton.upenn.edu


This study examines the relationship between job satisfaction, occupational stress, and management style in a large German MNC operating in the air-transportation industry. We find, using pretested questionnaires, that the middle level management of the studied MNC faces low levels of stress, stress is inversely related to job satisfaction, and that employees working under authoritarian managers report relatively higher levels of stress than employees working under more collaborative managers. This study offers a protocol for using simple-to-administer questionnaires to develop a stress profile for a firm, which helps HR management to (i) identify and then to (ii) develop strategies for reacting to possible sources of stress.

Keywords: job satisfaction, management style, sources of stress

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