Making a difference: A grounded theory study of employee involvement in the workplace

by Poisseroux, M. Linda, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 127 pages; 3412447


This study explored the current perception of employee involvement initiatives from the perspective of employees currently in the workplace. From utilizing the grounded theory methodology and personal one-on-one interviews, a substantive theory relating to employee involvement is proposed. The substantive theory generated from the data revealed that employees are utilizing employee involvement initiatives to satisfy their prominent desire to make a difference. Employees engage in a self-initiated process designed to help them select which employee involvement initiatives will enable them to make a difference in the areas they desire. This process is referred to as self-minding employee involvement in the workplace. The three stages of this process include surveying the involvement landscape, self-positioning, and navigating the involvement landscape.

AdviserMartin Leahy
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management; Organization theory
Publication Number3412447

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