Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Downsizings in the biopharmaceutical industry: Utilizing content analysis to discover positive individual outcomes
by Good, Eric Shannon, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2008, 128; 3388317
Abstract (Summary)

The research study utilized directed content analysis (a priori) as a method to analyze the thematic elements of in-depth interviews of previously downsized biopharmaceutical employees. The intent of the study was the exploration of positive lived experiences and the range of outcomes from a downsizing activity using positive coping theory as the theoretical framework. Prior research indicates employees typically experience a greater portion of negative outcomes than positive outcomes within a downsizing activity. The emphasis of the research endeavored to capture the specific, positive outcomes on individual employees. Current research documented both positive and negative outcomes to downsizing, which will help leaders better understand the economic and personal impact of downsizing decisions. The significance of the study was evaluated for its ability to inform practitioners, both leaders and their employees, of the benefits and detriments that result from organizational downsizings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anderson, Lois D. Wiley
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Occupational psychology, Labor relations, Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Keywords: Biopharmaceutical industry, Biotech, Content analysis, Downsizing, Layoff, Pharmaceutical
Publication Number: 3388317
ISBN: 978-1-109-52681-3
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