The purpose of this research was to examine how participation affects employee perceptions of belonging within nonprofit organizations. A mixed-methods design was utilized that included a survey of 24 employees’ perception of participation, belonging, and relationship with their supervisor, and 10 semi-structured interviews. A regression analysis showed that participation had a strong positive relationship to workplace belonging and that generally interviewees felt invested in and supported because of their participation. There was also a strong positive correlation between perceived participation and the quality of the supervisor-employee relationship. The main conclusions of the study were participative management affects workplace belonging and may be a signal of a belonging and that the perceived quality of the relationship between supervisor and employee matters to an employee’s perception of their ability to participate and belong.
|Advisor:||Lacey, Miriam Y.|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Organization Theory|
|Keywords:||Belonging, Perception, Supervisor-employee relationship|
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