A Study of the Impact of Leadership Development Programme on Transformational Leadership, Innovation Culture and Organisational Performance at an Oil and Gas Company in Oman

Albandari, Mohamed Sulaiman Abdullah (2021) A Study of the Impact of Leadership Development Programme on Transformational Leadership, Innovation Culture and Organisational Performance at an Oil and Gas Company in Oman. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

Due to an increasingly unpredictable and complex world, developing transformational and innovative future leaders who seek to enhance organisational performance has become a priority for oil and gas companies. Petroleum Development Oman Company (PDO) invests in the Leadership Essentials Programme (LE) to prepare future leaders as part of leadership development programmes. However, there is no previous research or feedback addressing to what extent the outcome of LE Programme at PDO is improving capabilities of potential leaders to change their behaviours towards transformational leadership styles, contributing to build innovation culture at PDO, and enhancing organisational performance. Therefore, this research focuses on measuring the impact of the leadership development programme on transformational leadership, innovation culture, and organisational performance at PDO. The aim of this study is to recommend a framework to develop and implement change management strategies for revising the Leadership Essentials Programme (LE) with a view to enhance organisational performance at PDO. This study employs a mixed research methodology using a survey questionnaire and interviews. Data of the questionnaire was collected from two groups (experiment and control) of 180 potential leaders, and data of interviews was analysed from two types of interviews with 10 managers and senior staff at PDO, and with two trainers from the Leadership EssentialsProgramme. A multivariate ANOVA analysis was made to test three research hypotheses. A template analysis of interviews was applied to four main themes in PDO’s code of conduct including transformational leadership, innovation culture, diversity and inclusion, and organisational performance. A template analysis was also used to analyse data from interview with trainers of the Leadership Essentials Programme to analyse themes related to challenges of design, delivery, assessment evaluation, and suggested changes for future (LE) Programme.The results revealed that there is a significant impact of leadership development programme on transformational leadership, innovation culture, and organisational performance. Findings from interviews with mangers and senior staff showed that complying with Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) standards, and achieving business production targets were priorities. Results also identified challenges related to the nationalisation process of leadership positions. Data from interviews with trainers of the Leadership Essentials Programme (LE) revealed some challenges related to lack of identifying training needs, lack of practical reflection and followup support, and lack of assessment. This research contributes to theory because it is the first research that measures the link between a leadership development programme and transformational leadership, innovation culture, and organisational performance in oil and gas industry. In terms of the practical contribution of this research, PDO management may find the framework of suggested changes useful to developing and implementing change management strategies for revising the Leadership Essentials Programme (LE) with a view to enhance organisational performance at PDO.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business, Oman, Leadership, Innovation culture,Organisational performance
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Doctoral Theses
Depositing User: Sandra Stedman
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2021 09:54
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 10:39
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1720

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