Small Communities Result in Greater Satisfaction. An Examination of Undermanning Theory.
COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H
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Roger Barkers undermanning theory states that the smaller an organization, the greater the degree of undermanning, resulting in greater inhabitant satisfaction. This theory is examined using the National Opinion Research Centers General Social Survey for 1974. Two groups of survey variables were dichotomized and net transmittances or coefficients of correlation for the system were determined. Two groups of variables were chosen objective groups, such as age and income, and subjective ones, such as sociability and job satisfaction. The only positive correlation found was that people residing in small communities are more satisfied with their community than are people who live in large communities. Only a small portion of this is explained by the degree to which small town inhabitants are satisfied with their financial situation. Author
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