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Discovering desirable followers: a study of typology

Zawawi, Azlyn Ahmad, Kamarunzaman, Nur Zafifa, Hussin, Zaliha Hj. and Campbell, James K. 2012, Discovering desirable followers: a study of typology, in ISBEIA 2012 : IEEE Symposium on Business, Engineering and Industrial Applications, IEEE, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 568-573, doi: 10.1109/ISBEIA.2012.6422951.

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Title Discovering desirable followers: a study of typology
Author(s) Zawawi, Azlyn Ahmad
Kamarunzaman, Nur Zafifa
Hussin, Zaliha Hj.
Campbell, James K.
Conference name Business, Engineering and Industrial Applications. IEEE Symposium (2012 : Bandung, Indonesia)
Conference location Bandung, Indonesia
Conference dates 2012/09/23 - 2012/09/26
Title of proceedings ISBEIA 2012 : IEEE Symposium on Business, Engineering and Industrial Applications
Publication date 2012
Start page 568
End page 573
Total pages 6
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Keyword(s) followership
followers
typology
organisational behaviour
organisational psychology
Science & Technology
Technology
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Engineering
followers' typology
organizational behavior
organizational psychology
LEADERSHIP
SELF
Summary The study on followership has intrigued researchers as it represents the 'say' of the group. In accomplishing task and team's objectives, understanding followers' behavior is fundamental. Followers move the strategies laid out by their leaders and will determine the pace of team success. Social identity theory asserts that uniformity usually exists in a group practicing the same routines and they will have the same category of temperaments. There is a need to explore these similarities should they exist in armed forces. Although there are proven assumptions that military men orchestrate coincident behaviors, this conception has limitedly been tested in terms of followership. Most common assumptions in the army are that they will follow what is instructed. To a certain extent, this might be true, but what drives them to follow, and are they 'characteristically' independent or active in following? Most studies have yet to deeply characterize this behavior in terms of group or team citizenship, especially in military settings. This research is carried out in an infantry unit located in Central North Malaysia. The objectives of this research are to identify the similarities in followers' typology, to explore the differences among followers' type in terms of followers' conformity and to examine the relationship between typologies' criteria (independent thinking and activity level) with followers' conformity. Of all four tested hypotheses, it is accepted that there is a similarity in the types of followers from the selected organization (H1), and there is a significant relationship between activity level and followers' conformity (H4). However, there is found to be no relationship between independent thinking and followers' conformity (H3) and there is no significant difference among followers in terms of their conformity (H2). This study contributes to multiple aspects of organizational behavior especially followership in the military. Copyright © 2012 IEEE.
ISBN 9781457716348
Language eng
DOI 10.1109/ISBEIA.2012.6422951
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2012, IEEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074674

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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