Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of Employee Engagement in the Manufactured Housing Industry in the Southwestern United States
by Agbanyim, Julio Ibeh, Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2020, 311; 28157879
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study is to explore employee engagement with company leaders’ retention practices in the construction department of a manufactured housing company in the Southwestern United States. The research questions that guided the study asked how employees in the construction department of a manufactured housing company experience, interpret, and respond to company leaders’ retention practices. The theoretical foundations of this study are critical theory and self-determination theory. A purposive sample was used to recruit 20 participants from workstations in the assembly line. Data were collected using questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. An inductive thematic analysis was utilized to analyze the data. Ten themes related to research question 1 were work environment, hours of work, benefits, healthcare, family support, communication among different cultures, training, retirement, work pace, and pay. Research question 2 concentrated on participants’ interpretation of the possibilities of retiring at the study company, what supervisor support means to them, the importance of family support, and how those interpretations translate into participants staying with the company. Research question 3 focused on perceptions that trigger participants’ responses to personal development, organizational goals, and understanding someone else’s issues. Conclusions from this study were that participants who did stay have a high level of contentment and appreciation for their career choice of working in the manufactured housing company.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Payne, Alina
Commitee: Broome, Rodger, Ngwudike, Benjamin
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Labor relations, Organizational behavior, Business administration, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Adaptive leadership, Appreciation, Contentment, Employee engagement, Employee retention, Manufactured Housing Industry, Southwestern United States, Company leaders, Self-determination theory
Publication Number: 28157879
ISBN: 9798698543121
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