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ERIC Number: ED340724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 28
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Readiness and Achievement Motivation: An Investigation of the Validity of the Readiness Scales in Hersey and Blanchard's Situational Leadership.
Wang, Xiaoping; Knight, W. Hal
The construct validity of two measures of employee job readiness was investigated by examining the relationships between job readiness and achievement motivation, and between readiness and the variables of education and work experience. The readiness, or maturity level, of employees is an important concept in the situational leadership model, which asserts that leader effectiveness is maximized by appropriately matching leadership style with employee readiness. Instruments used included the Manager Rating Scale (MRS) and the Staff Member Rating Scale (SMRS). Concurrent validities of the NachNaff Scale and the Achievement Orientation Scale were addressed as achievement motivation was measured. Subjects were department chairs and faculty members from 12 institutions of higher education. Useable data were received from 222 subjects (25% of the original sample). Data were analyzed using Pearson product-moment correlation, t-tests, and one-way analysis of variance. Findings that a follower's (employee's) educational and work experience were correlated with task-relevant job readiness confirm that leaders can rely on these variables in assessing job readiness. However, there was a lack of identified relations between readiness and achievement motivation. No evidence was found for the concurrent validity of the NachNaff and Achievement Orientation Scales. In addition, the measures do not appear to discriminate adequately among readiness levels. Six data tables and a 17-item list of references are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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