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Dissertation Information for Tina Maragou Hovekamp

NAME:
- Tina Maragou Hovekamp

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA) (1993)

ADVISORS:
- Elfreda Annmary Chatman

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Edward G. Holley
- Barbara B. Moran
- William J. Bigoness
- William M. Shaw Jr.

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Unions and work attitudes: Job satisfaction, work values, and organizational commitment of professional librarians

Abstract: The work environment offers a number of experiences through which employees evaluate their work life. Unionization has been argued to be one of these experiences which could affect the way individuals perceive their situation in an organization. The purpose of the present study was to investigate any relation between the presence of a union and the employees' work attitudes. More specifically, this study concentrated on a group of professional librarians in American research institutions and compared: (1) job satisfaction; (2) work values; and (3) commitment to the library organization among unionized and nonunionized employees.

The study was based on a survey of 400 individuals, 200 in union and 200 in nonunion environments. The total response rate was 91%. Data were analyzed with the use of regression analysis. There were twelve hypotheses tested.

One of the major conclusions of this study was that the presence of unions alone cannot always explain work attitudes. Specifically, unionization was only one--and a quite weak one--of the different variables that could explain job satisfaction among library professionals. The results of this study also indicated that unions are not necessarily responsible for changes in work values. In respect to commitment to the library organization, job satisfaction came up as a much stronger predictor of organizational loyalty rather than union presence. Moreover, union commitment was shown to be a weak but positive predictor of organizational commitment.

In addition to the numerical survey responses, participants of this study voluntarily provided additional information regarding their job experience, which was also discussed in this paper.

MPACT Scores for Tina Maragou Hovekamp

A = 0
C = 0
A+C = 0
T = 0
G = 0
W = 0
TD = 0
TA = 0
calculated 2008-01-31 06:20:20

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