Thayaparan, M, Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Haigh, Richard (2009) Analysing leadership styles of female managers in UK construction: the research techniques. In: Proceedings of the BUHU 9th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2009. Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu), University of Salford, pp. 632-642. ISBN 9781905732647

UK construction industry faces challenges in meeting skill and labour shortages.
Amongst other reasons, gender segregation has led the industry being unable to benefit
from the diverse skills that women can offer. Among such skills is leadership.
Therefore, a research focusing on the contribution of leadership styles exhibited by
construction female managers towards the industry development is currently
undertaken. This paper presents the research methodology that has been adopted to this
research. Justifications are made for the appropriate choice of methodology in terms of
its philosophy, strategy and techniques. Focus has been given on the research techniques
used for data collection and data analysis. Accordingly, the techniques namely
Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), Personal Attribute Questionnaire (PAQ),
Semi-structured and Expert interviews are elaborated followed by an illustration on the
research process and techniques.

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