Work groups and organizations: An examination of commitment and motivation from a social identity perspective

by Lefort, Julien N., Iii, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 137 pages; 3498087


As organizations become more work-group oriented, managers are faced with the challenge of bringing together individuals and overcoming conflicting interests and goals among the work-group members. Coupled with the growing use of work-groups and other groups within the organizational structure, organizations also face the challenges of increasing diversity. The evolution of organizations from a static structure based on the needs of smoke stack industries to knowledge-based organic organizations creates new structures and relationships among employees within the context of the organization.

The study attempted to examine the influence of gender upon an individual's commitment to an organization, as well as, gender's influence upon the individual's motivation to perform as a member of an organization. In performing the study, the researcher intended to contribute to the development of a framework for identifying potential conflicts among members of the organization.

An evaluation of the results leads the researcher to conclude that the study supports the findings from previous research while demonstrating the value of the questionnaire to further research. Although an individual survey or group of surveys cannot fully address the complex relationships within an organization, the tool utilized in the study can aid managers and others attempting to better understand relationships. Of the numerous paradigms examined during the study, the social identity theory appears to be the best perspective for examining individuals and groups within an organization.

AdviserCalvin Lathan
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3498087

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