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dc.contributor.advisorBrooks, Ann K.
dc.contributor.authorGadsden-Ross, Helen
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-16T16:22:44Z
dc.date.available2014-04-16T16:22:44Z
dc.date.issued2014-04-09
dc.date.submittedMay 2014
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4971
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to explore the learning experiences of new employees and the influence that knowledge deficits have on their performance and on safety within an organization that is experiencing a massive loss of knowledge due to downsizing, attrition, and turnover. There were three research questions: (1) How does knowledge deficit influence the learning experiences of new hires? (2) How does knowledge deficit influence the performance of new hires? (3) How does knowledge deficit influence safety in the organization? The study was addressed from an interpretive paradigm. A qualitative case study methodology was used to examine one department in a south Texas fortune 500 company that supplies alumina to the organization’s global production system. The global production system is the largest network of refineries and smelters in the world. Primary data sources were in-depth interviews with 10 hourly production workers and internal documents. Findings revealed that knowledge deficit had a negative influence on the learning experience and performance of new employees. This, in turn, resulted in a negative influence on three of the organization’s key drivers – people, profitability, and knowledge. Knowledge deficit also had an influence on the safety in the organization even though the leaders of the organization put safety first in all of their decision making processes. Also the corporation has been recognized as having best practices in safety.
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dc.format.extent138 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge deficits
dc.subjectInfluence
dc.subjectLearning experience
dc.subjectPerformance
dc.subjectSafety
dc.subjectDownsizing
dc.subjectAttrition
dc.subjectTurnover
dc.subjectKnowledge
dc.subjectProfitability
dc.subjectPeople
dc.subject.lcshCommunication in organizations
dc.subject.lcshPsychology, Industrial
dc.subject.lcshKnowledge management
dc.subject.lcshOrganizational learning
dc.subject.lcshOrganizational behavior
dc.titleKnowledge Deficits in Manufacturing and Their Effects on New Employees
txstate.documenttypeDissertation
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoss-Gordon, Jovita M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberReardon, Robert F.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberEdwards, Kathy
thesis.degree.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAdult, Professional, and Community Education
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
txstate.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology


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