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The effect of job titling upon work-related variables

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dc.contributor.advisor Thatcher AJ en
dc.contributor.author Parbhoo HI en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:18:06Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:18:06Z
dc.date.created 2000 en
dc.date.submitted 2001 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/109388
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of job titles upon various work-related variables. Therefore perceived importance of a job title formed the independent variable and job satisfaction, work motivation, job insecurity; work autonomy and occupational status and prestige formed the dependent variables. The various dependent variables were measured using established scales. The study was conducted in an organisation that had partially implemented the process of broad banding, which standardised and eradicated existing job titles. The total sample consisted of 130 respondents who worked in the same department within the organisation. The sample was further divided into 65 respondents who had undergone some form of title change (broad banded) and another 65 respondents who did not undergo any form of title change (non-broad banded). Correlational analysis was conducted between perceived importance of job title (independent variable) and the various dependent variables. Perceived importance of job title was found to be negatively correlated with work motivation, as well as with the demographic variables, years of working experience and job grade. It was also found to be positively correlated with societal perception of job title (occupational status and prestige) and the demographic variable age. Therefore the greater the perceived importance of a job title, the greater will be one's level of work motivation and the occupational status and prestige which is attached to a job title. Similarly, the greater one's age, job grade and years of working experience, the greater will be the perceived importance that is attached to a job title. The two groups, those who were broad banded and had undergone some form of title change and those who were not' broad banded and did not undergo any title change, also formed the basis of a comparison. Statistical analyses in the form of correlations, t-tests, one-way ANOVA's, Kruskal-Wallis (non-parametric test) and Hotelling's t-test were conducted. There were found to be no significant differences between the two comparison groups in terms of the various dependent variables. In order to further investigate this phenomenon, three qualitative interviews were conducted. The interviews presented other possible explanations, which emphasised individual differences and life stages. The study is also found to be contributory to the sphere of employee compensation, in particular intrinsic- based compensation. en
dc.language English en
dc.title The effect of job titling upon work-related variables en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en

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