The role of individual employees' strengths in commitment to organizational change associated with the implementation of lean production

by Guerrero, Trent M., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 169 pages; 3509100


This research was designed to answer the question "To what extent are the inherent strengths of an individual employee correlated with that employee's degree of affective, continuance, and/or normative commitment to his organization's change to lean production?" This quantitative, correlational, multisite study employed a survey methodology. Two previously validated survey tools were used: Herscovitch and Meyer's survey on employee commitment to organizational change used in their 2002 Journal of Applied Psychology article entitled Commitment to Organizational Change: Extension of a Three-Component Model, and the commercially available StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Rath, 2007) survey. The study's independent variables are the top five strengths of each participant as identified by the StrengthsFinder 2.0 survey. The commitment profile, along with its three components of affective, continuance, and normative commitment reported by each survey participant on the Herscovitch and Meyer survey constitute the dependent variables.

A gap existed in the literature. While the literature on lean production and on employee organizational commitment is extensive, little research had been conducted on how individual employees' strengths relate to those individuals' commitment to organizational change such as the change associated with implementation of lean production in a manufacturing environment. Developing a deeper understanding of the relationship between individual employees' strengths and the degree to which those employees are likely to evidence commitment to the extensive organizational changes associated with implementation of lean production may be of significant practical value. Many organizations attempting to implement lean production struggle to do so. The ability to identify, a priori, those employees most likely to evidence strong commitment to implementing lean production may improve an organization's ability to successfully complete that change.

AdviserShardul Pandya
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3509100

About ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
With nearly 4 million records, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It is the database of record for graduate research.

PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Of the nearly 4 million graduate works included in the database, ProQuest offers more than 2.5 million in full text formats. Of those, over 1.7 million are available in PDF format. More than 90,000 dissertations and theses are added to the database each year.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the ProQuest Web site - - or contact ProQuest Support.