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Changing employee attitudes: the independent effects of TQM and profit sharing on continuous improvement orientation

Coyle-Shapiro, Jacqueline A-M. (2002) Changing employee attitudes: the independent effects of TQM and profit sharing on continuous improvement orientation. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 38 (1). pp. 57-77. ISSN 1552-6879

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Abstract

This research examines the independent effects of two change interventions on employee attitudes. The first study evaluates the impact of a TQM intervention while the second study explores the effect of profit sharing on a core outcome of TQM; namely, continuous improvement orientation at the individual level. The research design involved a survey of employees with two measurement occasions: nine months and thirty two months after the commencement of a TQM intervention (n= 118); ten months prior to and twenty months subsequent to the introduction of a profit sharing program (n=141). The findings from study 1 indicate that participation in a TQM intervention can enhance the development of employees' orientation to continuous improvement, explaining 5% additional variance in the dependent variable. The results from study 2 suggest that perceived fairness of profit sharing and perceived ability to contribute to the profitability of the site were significantly associated with continuous improvement orientation, explaining an additional 6% of the variance. The implications of these findings for organizational change are discussed.

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Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2006
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/836/

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