Self-other agreement for improving communication in libraries and information services

Drivas, Ioannis C. and Sakas, Damianos P. and Giannakopoulos , Georgios Self-other agreement for improving communication in libraries and information services. Library Review, 2016, vol. 65, n. 3. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Purpose – This paper aims to examine the Self-Other Agreement between leaders and employees in the sector of Libraries and Information Services (LIS) to construct a sustainable and strategic communicational process among library directors and staff. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 135 leaders-employees of 17 organisations of LIS in more than five countries answered on a quantitative methodological research instrument in a multiplicity of variables. Statistical analysis of independent samples t-test was used to testify our research hypotheses. Findings – Results indicated that there is a difference in means between the two independent samples (leaders-employees). There are library leaders who rate themselves quite high, and there are employees who rate their leaders with lower evaluations. Research limitations/implications – This research extends and improves the matter of Self-Other Agreement in the sector of LIS through the collection of data that indicated a possible gap of communication and trustworthiness between leaders and employees. Practical implications – Regardless of the difference or the consensus of ratings among leaders and employees, the results of this research could be served as a stimulus plus as a starting point for library leaders by correcting or developing relations of communication and trustworthiness between them and their followers. Originality/value – Self-Other Agreement is one of the major factors that positively or negatively affect the overall operation of the organization in the way a leader could perceive the additional feedback. In the sector of LIS, the study of Self-Other Agreement is a rich and unexplored research area which deserves further analysis.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Library management, Transformational leadership, Information science, Leader-member exchange, Strategic Communication, Self-other Agreement
Subjects: F. Management. > FA. Co-operation.
F. Management. > FE. Personnel management.
Depositing user: MSc Ioannis C. Drivas
Date deposited: 02 Sep 2016 05:27
Last modified: 02 Sep 2016 05:27
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/29914

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