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Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Matthew Hesson-McInnis


Various modes of media and literature describe the behavioral tendencies of a micromanager. Despite the popularity of this leadership style, there have been no attempts to empirically assess micromanagement from subordinate’s perspectives. Therefore, the goal of the present study was to define micromanagement and develop and assess the psychometric properties of the micromanagement scale. Fifteen theoretical subdomain and an initial pool of 83 items was created from a review of the micromanagement literature. Four hundred twenty-two participants recruited from MTurk completed the micromanagement scale and authoritarian leadership scale. An exploratory factor analysis with Varimax rotation and reliability analyses of the theoretical subdomains were used to reduce the number of items. The final scale consisted of a one factor solution with 20 items. The final scale demonstrated exceptional reliability ( = .98) but correlated significantly with authoritarian leadership (r = .89).


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