The linkage between ethical leadership and lecturer job satisfaction at a private higher education institution in Vietnam

Authors

  • Tran Quang Bao Phuc Faculty of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • Khalida Parveen Faculty of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • Duyen Thi Truc Tran Faculty of Foreign Languages, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Vietnam
  • Dao Thi Anh Nguyen Faculty of Education, Bac Lieu University, Viet Nam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52223/JSSA21-020202-12

Keywords:

Higher Education, Ethical Leadership, Job Satisfaction

Abstract

The aim of current study is to inspect the potential impact of ethical leadership practices (EL) of intermediate level administration (i.e., faculty deans, department heads) on lecturer job satisfaction (LJS) at a private higher education (HE) institution (UX) in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. A conceptual framework linking EL and LJS was developed based on the ethical leadership conceptualizations of Brown et al. (2005), Kalshoven et al. (2011), and Langlois et al. (2014). Accordingly, ethical leadership works as a multidimensional construct encompassing a set of five values or explicit behaviors, i.e., care, critique, integrity, fairness, and ethical guidance. Further, the constructs and the effects of EL on LJS is conceptually approached in light of Social Exchange Theory and Social Learning Theory. Primary quantitative data was collected through an anonymously self-administered survey of all 378 lecturers permanently employed at eight faculties at UX’s main campus by the non-probability purposive sampling method. The totality of 256 valid questionnaires yielded a response rate of 68% for stepwise data analysis with inferential statistical methods (i.e., internal reliability test, factor scores, correlation, and multiple regression). The regression findings reveal that all five dimensions of EL significantly positively explained the variance in job satisfaction as perceived by UX lecturers (p < .001). These findings suggest both theoretical and practical implications and directions for future research are also discussed. The present study expands our understanding on ethical leadership by verifying its effects on lecturers’ levels of job satisfaction in HE. This study concludes that well-established ethical leadership codes for HE administration may assist them in making key decisions with care, fairness, critique, integrity, and ethical guidance.

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Published

2021-05-22

How to Cite

Phuc, T. Q. B., Parveen, K., Tran, D. T. T., & Nguyen, D. T. A. (2021). The linkage between ethical leadership and lecturer job satisfaction at a private higher education institution in Vietnam. Journal of Social Sciences Advancement, 2(2), 39–50. https://doi.org/10.52223/JSSA21-020202-12
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