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ERIC Number: ED515565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 177
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-6590-1
Industry Leader Perceptions of Workplace Safety
Dunlap, Erik Scott
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Memphis
This study investigated the perceptions of workplace safety held by industry leaders who were near completion of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. This was a qualitative study that utilized interpretivism as the theoretical framework. The study sought to answer four research questions. (1) How do participants conceptualize workplace safety? (2) How have personal life experiences influenced participants' perception of and involvement in workplace safety? (3) How do participants describe the role of their MBA curriculum in preparing them for their role in workplace safety? (4) What activities related to workplace safety do they anticipate performing? The research included an investigation of archival documents to gain a greater understanding of the MBA curriculum and other opportunities that are available to industry leaders to learn about workplace safety. Archival documents that were explored included: (1) Historical texts and articles on the development of the MBA; (2) The MBA curriculum of the school attended by research participants and that of the University of Michigan, which was used as a benchmark; (3) The curriculum of the American Management Association; (4) The web site of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); (5) Journal articles on workplace safety leadership. The research also included the interview of five participants who were near completion of their MBA and who had experience working in a position of industrial leadership. Interviews were conducted on an individual basis. All information from the archival investigation and participant interviews was explored to identify themes. These themes then revealed the following major findings of the research with respect to the four research questions: (1) Participants conceptualized workplace safety as being an integral part of how they executed their leadership role within their respective organizations. (2) Each participant shared personal life experiences that have helped to shape their perception of workplace safety. (3) The MBA program has played no role in developing participants' perception of workplace safety. (4) Participants indicated the need to continue their engagement in workplace safety through such activities as conducting facility inspections and delivering safety communications to employees. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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