ERIC Number: ED106495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Job Specialization, Work Values and Worker Dissatisfaction. Technical Report No. 29.
Taveggia, Thomas C.; Hedley, R. Alan
The paper is concerned with determining from a large sample of British industrial workers, whether there is an unconditional relationship between job specialization and worker dissatisfaction, or a relationship contingent on middle-class work values. The recent work literature includes three contradictory propositions relating job specialization and worker dissatisfaction. The first predicts an unconditional relationship between these variables; the second predicts that it will be higher among workers committed to middle-class work values; the third predicts that it will be higher among "alienated" workers. Data were gathered in a survey of 5,274 industrial workers employed in six factories in England, Scotland, and Wales. The research instrument, a 153-item questionnaire, was completed by 61 percent or 3,193 workers. For the most part, workers of both sexes and of varying age and tenure, were low skilled and worked on production lines. From the data, presented in tabular form, it is concluded that correlates of job specialization related in different ways and in varying degrees to worker dissatisfaction. The complexity of the problem is that workers' affective responses to characteristics of specialized work are not uniform, but vary with different job characteristics. A bibliography is provided. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Blue Collar Occupations, Data Analysis, Employee Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Industrial Personnel, Job Satisfaction, Middle Class Standards, Negative Attitudes, Occupational Information, Occupational Surveys, Skilled Occupations, Social Values, Specialization, Tables (Data), Unskilled Occupations, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Irvine. Graduate School of Administration.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)