The Influence of Leadership Style on Mega Project Success in Malaysia: A Case Study of KVMRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Project Management

by Ahmed Nadhir bin Abdul Kadir

October 2020

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of three different leadership styles which are democratic, autocratic and laissez-faire towards the success of project in Malaysia. The study followed quantitative approaches where survey questionnaire was conducted to a sample size of 154 respondents from the project management team members who were involved in the MRT Project Phase 1 Sungai Buloh-Kajang using convenience sampling technique.

For the evaluation of leadership styles and project success, the questionnaire was designed by using a five-point Likert scale and analysed by using SPSS software. Demographic and descriptive techniques were adopted for data analysis while Pearson’s correlation and regression analysis were used to investigate relationships between variables in order to justify the hypotheses of the study.

Findings show that both democratic and laissez-faire leadership have a positive impact towards the project success while autocratic leadership gives a negative impact towards project success.

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