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Master of Business Administration
Daniel W. Kemper
This thesis focuses on the study of job satisfaction and the impact of organizational shape on the intrinsic job satisfaction of white-collar workers.
Research has attributed the decline in white-collar job satisfaction to such things as over-complex organizational structures, broad spans-of-control and job specialization.
The purpose of the present study is to investigate the possibility that, within a corporate setting, there is a difference between the intrinsic job satisfaction of white- collar workers who are employed by flat, decentralized organizations and those who work for tall, centralized organizations. Specifically, it is hypothesized that white- collar workers of flat, decentralized organizations have greater intrinsic job satisfaction than white- collar workers of tall, centralized organizations.
One-hundred graduate and undergraduate students participated in the study, sixty-one males and thirty-nine females. The subjects were administered an investigator- designed, two-part survey adapted from the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (short form). The purpose of the survey was to measure the differences in intrinsic job satisfaction between white-collar workers employed by flat, decentralized organizations and white-collar workers employed by tall, centralized organizations. The data were analyzed using the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r ).
Results of the analysis produced sufficient evidence to support the hypothesis and to conclude that, within this sample pool, white-collar workers of flat, decentralized organizations have greater intrinsic job satisfaction than white-collar workers of tall, centralized organizations.
Alexander, Bernie L., "The Impact of Organizational Shape on the Intrinsic Job Satisfaction of White-Collar Workers" (1991). Theses. 440.
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