In this qualitative study, a phenomenological approach was utilized to explore the experiences and perceptions of meaningful work for Iraqi refugees in South Bend, Indiana. The central research question examined how the participants constructed meaningful work. This study had a particular focus on the characteristics associated with leadership fit and how leadership fit contributed to perceptions of meaningful work. The research procedure consisted of fifteen in-depth, semi-structured interviews. The findings revealed five overarching themes that contributed to perceptions of meaningful work: 1) having an impact, 2) relationships with others, 3) distinguished from others, 4) correspondence with oneself, and 5) environmental correspondence. While leadership fit did not emerge as a central issue, the participants’ preferred way of relating with a leader was revealed. This study contributes to the growing literature on meaningful work by strengthening a theoretical model and expanding the model with the inclusion of a new pathway to meaningful work. Additionally, this study highlights the importance of applying person-environment fit models with current meaningful work theory. Finally, this study provides practical application for refugee relocation agencies and employers based on the findings and offers suggestions for future meaningful work research.
|Commitee:||Schaffer, James, Spillman, Lynette|
|School:||Indiana Institute of Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Employee engagement, Leadership fit, Meaningful work, Person-environment fit, Qualitative interviews, Refugees|
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