Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of psychological and physical safety environments of information technology employees: A phenomenological study
by Payne, Sheila C., D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2012, 175; 3535410
Abstract (Summary)

A qualitative phenomenological study was conducted to gain a deeper understanding of psychological and safety environments of an oil and gas multinational enterprise. Twenty information technology professionals were interviewed to explore their feelings, perceptions, beliefs, and values of the phenomenon. The interviews elicited data about facets of psychological and physical safety that emerged through an extensive review of related literature – job demands, relationships, teamwork, psychological safety, change management, safety programs, motivations, values, and beliefs. For this study, Moustakas' qualitative phenomenological research method and design was considered appropriate. The findings resulted in recommendations surrounding seven major emerging themes: (1) multinational enterprise workplace experiences contribute to the employees' psychological and physical safety environments, (2) multinational enterprise lacks the same emphasis on psychological safety environment as reflected on the physical safety environment, (3 multinational enterprise team relationships contribute to a psychological safety environment, (4) multinational enterprise employees' values and beliefs have no influence in the psychological and physical environments, (5) multinational enterprise employees' motivation influences psychological environment, (6) multinational enterprise employees' social needs influence the psychological and physical environments, and (7) multinational enterprise workplace changes contribute to the psychological and physical environments. The study filled the gap associated with the psychological safety climate, placed in the context of the work-related conditions of IT employees within a multinational enterprise, and the associated physical safety concerns of those IT employees within the multinational enterprise. These work-related conditions concerned the behavior, actions as well as the physical and psychological safety perceptions of the IT employees. An analysis and discussion of the foundation of physical and psychological safety enabled a deeper understanding of the themes and factors that needed to be a focus of further studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Welch, James F.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Information Technology, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Information technology employees, Oil and gas enterprises, Physical safety
Publication Number: 3535410
ISBN: 978-1-267-85756-9
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