Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Give Them Wings! Exploring Latino Experiences and Perspectives on Employee Engagement through Qualitative Phenomenological Inquiry
by Lopez, Emerald Rose, Ed.D., City University of Seattle, 2019, 130; 13886505
Abstract (Summary)

Employee engagement has emerged as a relevant and noteworthy topic in the discourse on organizational leadership and sustainability, as engaged employees are a source of organizational productivity, positive morale, competitive advantage, and retention (Gallup, 2017; Albrecht, Bakker, Gruman, Macey, & Saks, 2015). Workforce composition has changed significantly over the years, and with this change comes the need to explore evolution in organizational strategy and workplace engagement. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the role of cultural values in shaping the attitudes, beliefs, and work experiences of Latinos employed at a major global specialty retailer. A total of 11 participants were interviewed using semi-structured, open-ended interviews. The data were coded by hand, using a whole-parts-whole process to identify conceptual categories, whereby the researcher identified the themes of workplace relationships, feeling valued, and leadership communication. The results of the study should provide new and useful information for executive leaders and human resources professionals in the development, deployment, and sustainability of organizational engagement strategies, particularly among the Latino population. Three recommendations for action include: a) focus on selecting the right organizational leaders, b) provide leaders with training and development to support engagement efforts, and c) hold leaders accountable for the engagement of those they lead. Further research could include research on various cultural groups and organizations and quantitative analysis of potential cultural antecedents of engagement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Domingo, Joel
Commitee: Carnz, Scott, Grow, Arron, Larson, Deanne
School: City University of Seattle
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior
Keywords: Cultural values, Employee engagement, Engagement, Hispanic engagement, Latino engagement
Publication Number: 13886505
ISBN: 978-1-392-19046-3
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