The Ph.D candidate Manar Abusebaa defended her dissertation entitled: “E-Leadership in Palestinian Higher Education Institutions in the West Bank during Crises” to obtain the Ph.D of business. The Ph.D of Business program is implemented in cooperation between the Arab American University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The study aimed to evaluate the extent to which higher education institutions in the West Bank - Palestine adopt electronic leadership during crises. The researcher evaluated the relationship between the personality and skills of the leader, his social awareness, the availability of resources and electronic leadership.
The researcher used an electronic questionnaire tool to collect data, and the sample included 945 employees in higher education institutions in the West Bank. The results of the Pearson correlation test revealed that there is a positive and significant relationship between the leader’s personality and skills and electronic leadership. The results also revealed that there is a positive and significant relationship between the availability of resources and electronic leadership. However, there was a positive, non-significant relationship between the leader's social awareness and electronic leadership. On the other hand, when all variables were considered together in a sequential regression analysis, the results revealed that leader personality and skills, resource availability, and leader social awareness were the strongest predictors of e-leadership.
The dissertation was supervised by Dr. Kenneth Bohl. The committee of examiners included Dr. Hossam Al-Shammari, and Dr. Ramesh Soni.