Accession Number : ADA323003

Title :   Empowerment as an Organizational Tool for Increasing Competitiveness: A Case Study.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Sweet, Carl D.

PDF Url : ADA323003

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : This thesis explores the use of employee empowerment as a means of improving organizational competitiveness in the marketplace. The methodology used is a case study of a small, private-sector company that used this strategy to improve its productivity, product quality and profitability. The results of this research were then examined to determine whether the successful practices identified in this organization can be applied to Air Force attempts to adopt employee empowerment. The paper summarizes the organizational characteristics generally present where employee empowerment has been successfully implemented, as reported in current management literature, including the following: (1) company culture conducive to empowerment, (2) effective employee training, (3) on-going management-employee communications, (4) flattened organizational structures and (5) salary and reward systems that compensate empowering behavior. It documents how the research was structured to identify the crucial organizational attributes necessary for empowerment, and to assess the benefits to be derived by an organization that is currently transitioning to an empowered work force. The results of this research were then used to offer recommendations for the implementation of the Air Force's own empowerment initiatives.

Descriptors :   *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT, *INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY, AIR FORCE, COMPETITION, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DECISION MAKING, CORPORATIONS, HUMAN RESOURCES, JOB TRAINING, THESES, MANPOWER, CASE STUDIES, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, PRODUCTIVITY, MOTIVATION, JOB SATISFACTION, PROMOTION(ADVANCEMENT), ORGANIZATION THEORY, EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE