Accession Number:

ADA355185

Title:

Predictors of Perceived Empowerment: An Initial Assessment

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OKLAHOMA CITY OK CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST

Report Date:

1998-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

Empowerment of employees regarding their work procedures is considered an important approach to improved organizational effectiveness. Recent research suggests that employee empowerment is related to a number of variables besides organizational structure and the use of teams. The present paper examined a number of organizational context variables, obtained from three samples in two government agencies. Perceptions of empowerment were then predicted from these context variables. The results show that perceptions of communication are the strongest predictor of empowerment perceptions across samples. In addition, the size of the communication slope estimate B value did not differ across the sample. The results support the contention that context factors besides teams and restructuring are related to empowerment. Specifically, communication perceptions are consistently the strongest predictor across samples and measures. Future research should examine the mechanisms that relate communication and empowerment.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE