Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between African American attitudes toward affirmative action and organizational commitment
by Massingale, Clifton L., Jr., D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2011, 211; 3514601
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the current quantitative correlational study was to investigate the relationship between African American attitudes toward affirmative action (predictor variable) and organizational commitment (criterion variable) of African Americans working in the defense industry using a snowball sampling technique. Following attribution theory (Heider, 1958; Kelley, 1967, 1972a, 1972b; Weiner, 1974) and social identity theory (Tajfel, 1994), this study extends research conducted by Evans (2003), Knight, Hebl, Foster, and Mannix (2003), and Kravitz, Bludau, and Klineberg (2008) by using African American research participants working in the defense industry (Massingale, 2009a). During this study 51-African Americans responded to a survey hosted on the Internet site SurveyMonkey.com. Findings indicate positive and negative statistical correlational relationships exist between African American attitudes toward affirmative action and organizational commitment. In addition, findings indicate African American males and African American females have statistically significant attitude differences on several Attitude Toward Affirmative Action variables and several organizational commitment variables. Findings indicate there is a statistical difference between attitudes African Americans working in the defense industry assign to affirmative action and organizational commitment. Based on correlational relationships between African American attitudes toward affirmative action and organizational commitment leaders in organizations in the defense industry should develop and incorporate training on the history and purpose of affirmative action in the employee annual training plan. Further research is recommended to collect sufficient data to investigate African American attitudes toward affirmative action and organizational commitment by age.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Himelhoch, Carol
Commitee:
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African American Studies, Business administration, Organization Theory
Keywords: Affirmative action, African-Americans, Organizational commitment, Social identity
Publication Number: 3514601
ISBN: 9781267369024
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