Self-efficacy---Generational differences of African Americans in the workplace: A case study

by Taylor-Capers, Edna Loretta, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2011, 211 pages; 3487541


The 21st century workplace is composed of a diverse work force influenced by generational differences as a result of the departure of Traditional and Baby Boomer generational groups from workplaces into retirement. Generation X employees are advancing careerists in the workplace, and Millennial employees are new career entrants, creating a generational mix. This study focused on generational differences in African Americans' beliefs about their self-efficacy and resulting job performance. Four generational cohorts—Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millenials—were identified and subsequently used for analysis. The results of the study supported observations made in the literature about the importance of understanding and measuring self-efficacy beliefs in the workplace. The study also found strong similarities among generations in terms of self-efficacy beliefs, career objectives, and goals.

AdviserShelley R. Robbins
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsAfrican American studies; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3487541

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