Keywords

Productivity, Intervention, Job Performance, Teams, Job Characterisitics Model, ProMES

Abstract

The current study examines the effects of the five core job characteristics (skill variety, task significance, task identity, autonomy, and feedback) proposed by Hackman-Oldham (1974) at the team level by investigating whether the model variables are related to the effectiveness of a motivationally-based team-level productivity enhancement intervention. Previous literature has almost exclusively focused on the effects of these job characteristics at the individual level and their direct relationships with employee attitudes and subjective measures of performance. This thesis aims to further the job characteristics literature by exploring the effects of the characteristics at the team level, as well as the moderating effect of the team construct of value congruence, while simultaneously exploring boundary conditions of the Productivity Measurement and Enhancement System (ProMES) developed by Pritchard (1990). Hypotheses postulated a negative relationship between the characteristics and intervention effectiveness; such that effectiveness is negatively impacted when the characteristics already exist at high levels. Results, though non-significant, are tenatively suggestive of this counter-intuitive negative relationship between four of the characteristics and intervention effectiveness. Value congruence between team leaders and members was not a significant moderator of the relationship between the characteristics and effectiveness. Results suggest that a more powerful study to further parse out these relationships would be valuable. iii

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Graduation Date

2008

Advisor

Pritchard, Robert

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0002040

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0002040

Language

English

Release Date

June 2008

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until June 2008; it will then be open access.

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