Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Public Affairs and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Daniela Schroeter

Second Advisor

Dr. Vincent Reitano

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Corder

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Nathan Grasse


UAE leadership, GCC leadership, Emiratisation, turnover intention, Middle East, localisation


This study sheds light on the Abu Dhabi Public School employee’s perception, transformational, and transactional leadership style and their nuanced effects on satisfaction, commitment, and turnover intention. The study found that transformational leadership increased satisfaction and commitment, and decreased turnover intention. Also, diverging from theoretical expectation, only some aspects of transactional leadership such as passive management by expectation had a decreased satisfaction, and increased turnover intention. Moreover, the study proved that to an extent western instruments, such as the MLQ (Bass & Avolio, 2004), TCM (Allen & Meyer, 2004), and MSQ (Weiss, Dawis, England, & Lofquist, 1967), do work in the Middle East.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access