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Micromoments Matter: Finding Agency And Connection Through A Micromoments Mindset, Cindy Chou, Amanda Masters 2020 University of Pennsylvania

Micromoments Matter: Finding Agency And Connection Through A Micromoments Mindset, Cindy Chou, Amanda Masters

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

As humans, our tendency is to reduce uncertainty, leading us to want to hold things still rather than accept the inevitable change that comes (Langer, 2009). However, psychological and behavioral attempts to do so can result in clinging to outdated and erroneous information, limiting our perspectives and narrowing opportunities for meaningful choice. In this paper, we merge Western psychology and Eastern wisdom traditions and build upon conceptions of mindfulness from both perspectives, to present our theory of the micromoments mindset as a tool for well-being. We define a micromoment as both the instant opening into conscious awareness of the present ...


Organizational Intentions Versus Leadership Impact: The Flexible Work Experience, Susan R. Vroman 2020 Bentley University

Organizational Intentions Versus Leadership Impact: The Flexible Work Experience, Susan R. Vroman

The Journal of Values-Based Leadership

Working mothers with dependent aged children currently represent a significant portion of the workforce. In order to attract and retain this valuable demographic, employers are introducing and maintaining flexible work arrangements (FWA) to enable employees to manage their work and life commitments. However, having an FWA program and effectively supporting it are not synonymous, and this bears impact on employees. This article highlights opportunities and implications for FWA management based on findings from a recent New England healthcare organization case study which illustrates how working mothers experience enacted flexible work arrangement policies. This article identifies methods for organizations and managers ...


Unlocking Agility: Building Learning Capabilities Within A Consumer Healthcare Organization, Yunqi Tang 2020 University of Pennsylvania

Unlocking Agility: Building Learning Capabilities Within A Consumer Healthcare Organization, Yunqi Tang

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly infusing the concept of agility to strive for continuous improvement. Significant exploration and research have focused on more technical-driven departments, like Information Technology and Research and Development. However, there has been little research with the focus on more process-driven functions, like Learning and Organizational Development. This action research study presents a case study of the implementation of a new training solution within a consumer healthcare organization from the lens of the project leader. Building upon the case study, this capstone includes a review of existing research and literature of agility with a focus on the healthcare ...


Getting To The Heart Of Professional Development And Employee Engagement Among Non-Teaching Personnel In Higher Education: An Appreciative Inquiry Into The Influential Role Of A Staff Development Center, Rowena Casis-Woidyla 2020 California State University, San Bernardino

Getting To The Heart Of Professional Development And Employee Engagement Among Non-Teaching Personnel In Higher Education: An Appreciative Inquiry Into The Influential Role Of A Staff Development Center, Rowena Casis-Woidyla

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Despite the importance and incorporation of staff development in higher education, there is limited research on the availability and use of learning opportunities for non-teaching personnel (NTP) in the form of professional development. Work performed by NTP in higher education is critical to university operations. Without professional development and engagement opportunities, NTP lack visibility, disengage and ultimately may separate from institutions of higher education. Deliberate organizational efforts to provide access to new learning opportunities and promote personal growth among NTP is the development and institutionalization of centers for professional development, also called staff development centers and staff training and professional ...


Exploring The Effect Of Transformational Leadership On Nonprofit Leader Commitment, Robert Freeborough 2020 Berkeley College

Exploring The Effect Of Transformational Leadership On Nonprofit Leader Commitment, Robert Freeborough

Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice

Transformational leadership has been widely researched in for-profit organizations; however, it lacks empirical support among nonprofit organizations (Palumbo, 2016; Riggio, Bass, & Orr, 2003), as does servant leadership theory. The intent of this study was to extend previous research on transformational leadership and employee engagement and to determine whether nonprofit employees are more committed in organizations in which transformational leadership is the primary leadership style and encourage similar research on servant leadership in nonprofit organizational settings. Drawing from a survey of 389 nonprofit employees in the United States, correlational analysis found that transformational leadership significantly linked to one of the three ...


Cultivating Connections At Philabundance, Wesley Adams, Cindy Chou, Sarah Francois-Poncet 2020 University of Pennsylvania

Cultivating Connections At Philabundance, Wesley Adams, Cindy Chou, Sarah Francois-Poncet

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Service Learning Projects

Philabundance is a Philadelphia-based food bank, serving the food insecure in nine counties in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Owing to its ambitious goal of not just relieving hunger, but ending it, a dispersed and diverse team working out of multiple sites and leadership turnover, issues with silos, morale and productivity have developed over recent years. Based on a situational analysis and a review of potentially applicable positive psychology research, Team Black believes that the organization could benefit from the positive psychology theories and research relating to (1) positive emotions and positivity resonance, (2) character strengths, and (3) meaning and ...


Psychological Well-Being During Retirement Transition And Adjustment For Southern Baptist Pastors: A Phenomenological Multi-Case Study, Tresa Gamblin 2020 University of Texas at Tyler

Psychological Well-Being During Retirement Transition And Adjustment For Southern Baptist Pastors: A Phenomenological Multi-Case Study, Tresa Gamblin

Human Resource Development Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological multi-case study was to understand the psychological well-being experience of Southern Baptist pastors during transition and adjustment to retirement. Questions centered around their upbringing, their calling experience, their education, career progression in churches, reasons for retiring, preparation for retirement, experience after retiring, and how identity and purpose may or may not have been related to their role as pastor. The goal of the study was to investigate these experiences to provide rich data and analysis that is missing in current literature.

The research was based on two theories: continuity theory and role theory. The study ...


Considerations For Introducing, Facilitating, And Expanding Mindfulness Training In The Workplace, Laura H. Saher 2020 Lesley University

Considerations For Introducing, Facilitating, And Expanding Mindfulness Training In The Workplace, Laura H. Saher

Mindfulness Studies Theses

This creative thesis is designed to further the understanding of the considerations for offering mindfulness training in the workplace and to offer mindfulness practitioners a guide for introducing and facilitating mindfulness training into their workplaces. This thesis consists of two primary components: 1) a rationale paper and 2) a creative component. The rationale paper includes a literature review that focuses on the benefits and risks of offering mindfulness training in the workplace; these form the business case for bringing mindfulness to the workforce and identify the gaps in the research that prompted the questions underlying this thesis. These gaps were ...


Emotional Intelligence Trumps Your Gpa, Gage Poulson 2020 Brigham Young University

Emotional Intelligence Trumps Your Gpa, Gage Poulson

Marriott Student Review

What does it truly mean to be intelligent? While success is commonly measured by our GPA, our ACT scores, and how many high-level courses we can manage, emotional intelligence is measured by the ability to motivate oneself, control impulses, regulate moods, empathize, and hope. In this article we explore how emotional intelligence should be valued equally, if not more, than academic achievements within the business world.


Building A Winning Nfl Roster: Best Practices For Sustained Success, Jake H. Stern 2020 University of Pennsylvania

Building A Winning Nfl Roster: Best Practices For Sustained Success, Jake H. Stern

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

The purpose of this capstone is to identify and analyze the factors that contribute to team success in the National Football League through a review of relevant literature, a survey of league personnel, and firsthand experience as a football administrator. This project first studies quantitative data regarding player acquisition, specifically the data behind the NFL entry draft. Next, the current literature regarding off the field processes such as leadership, organizational culture and engagement were reviewed and finally, a two-step Delphi method survey was distributed to a panel of current league professionals. This paper aims to find the most efficient and ...


Multigenerational Perceptions Of The Law Enforcement Work Environment, William K. Akin 2020 Olivet Nazarene University

Multigenerational Perceptions Of The Law Enforcement Work Environment, William K. Akin

Ed.D. Dissertations

Leaders struggle to address shifting characteristics between generational cohorts in a multigenerational workforce. Research has shown that law enforcement culture supports an antiquated approach to leadership and that popular generational stereotypes are not consistent with behaviors in the workplace. This research was designed to help the law enforcement community understand generational values, beliefs, and work ethics, and to recommend ways to reduce generational stereotypes, address employee shortages, and improve the overall connection to their communities. The Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire II was used in an online survey to anonymously collect data from 441 law enforcement participants within the Baby Boomer, Generation ...


To Discovery And Beyond: Using Workflow Automation As An Opportunity For Collaboration And Education, Rebecca B. French 2020 James Madison University

To Discovery And Beyond: Using Workflow Automation As An Opportunity For Collaboration And Education, Rebecca B. French

Libraries

This poster describes a project to automate portions of JMU Libraries' workflow for distributing Special Collections finding aids to various discovery platforms. Through the development of a custom Python app called Spaceport, we were able to greatly improve the efficiency and sustainability of this process while also providing a more consistent discovery experience for our patrons. The project also had broad impacts in other areas. Our incremental and collaborative approach provided space for professional development related to the project, supported evolving project goals and the process of adapting to the new workflow, and strengthened relationships between departments. In addition to ...


Student Internships Open Doors To Alumni Career Success, 2020 DePaul University

Student Internships Open Doors To Alumni Career Success

Business Exchange

An internship experience remains the most effective tool for career exploration, preparation and success. The ultimate goal: ensure students are equipped with the hands-on professional experiences they need to immediately contribute to and succeed in the workforce. This article explores the effectiveness of internship opportunities in positively affected career success in the hospital industry, accountancy, and marketing, as well as benefits to mentors.


Maximizing The Academic And Professional Success Of First-Generation College Students In Biomedical Engineering, Mona Ahmed 2020 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Maximizing The Academic And Professional Success Of First-Generation College Students In Biomedical Engineering, Mona Ahmed

Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses

Although efforts to increase the inclusion, retention, and success of first-generation college students (FGCSs) in research universities have resulted in noticeable progress, FGCSs still feel academically challenged, isolated, and show more anxiety and depression compared to non-FGCSs. Moreover, FGCSs may possess additional underrepresented identities that exacerbates the problem. There is more risk of dropping out of academic programs for FGCSs enrolling in STEM degrees, especially those of more multidisciplinary nature such as Biomedical Engineering. From the overall population of the State of Arkansas, only 23.3% have a bachelor’s degree or higher which is the third least percentage in ...


Beyond Access And Legitimacy: Training For Intercultural Communication In The Contemporary Workplace, Jessica Hammond 2020 Augustana College

Beyond Access And Legitimacy: Training For Intercultural Communication In The Contemporary Workplace, Jessica Hammond

Business Administration: Student Scholarship & Creative Works

Significant research surrounds the concepts of intercultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural communication, both in academia and the workplace. The concepts are nearly identical, pointing to an ability to understand and adapt to the norms of a different cultural perspective. Despite the increasing cultural diversity of the United States, many firms continue to treat “diversity” from a legalistic or competitive perspective. This paper proposes a model for training employees in a firm to enhance their own intercultural communication skills to elevate the firm into a cultural mindset of learning. The model follows five cyclical steps: Assess, Design, Motivate, Implement, and Results. By ...


Team Building & Coaching, Daniel Kelley 2020 University of Massachusetts Boston

Team Building & Coaching, Daniel Kelley

Instructional Design Capstones Collection

A supervisor’s ability to make proper hires and coach existing employees is related to the creation of a pipeline of future supervisors. As corporations grow, so does its personnel. As the personnel grows, so does the need for more leaders that can appropriately manage personnel without human resource intervention. This paper discusses the need for an internally designed program created to help existing supervisors build a bench of future company leaders. Background information of the company is discussed along with the importance of staff development in achieving its mission. A literature review was performed to determine the benefits of ...


Practical Uses Of Mindfulness During Organizational Change, Ann-Marie A. Behringer 2020 University of Pennsylvania

Practical Uses Of Mindfulness During Organizational Change, Ann-Marie A. Behringer

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

The Capstone examines whether mindfulness can be applied to help individuals and organizations cope with organizational change. Though mindfulness, defined as being fully aware in the present moment, has been examined in clinical, educational and other non-corporate settings, there remains a significant research gap towards understanding the potential uses and actual benefits of mindfulness in the workplace – particularly during organizational change.

Through this research, a Mindful Organizational Change Questionnaire was developed, based on both Eastern and Western constructs and statements thought to be most relevant to organizational change. Seventy-four (74) working professionals, across various industries, participated in this study between ...


Female Leaders And Their Beliefs Regarding Weightism When Selecting Protégés, Lynne D. Shipley 2020 Olivet Nazarene University

Female Leaders And Their Beliefs Regarding Weightism When Selecting Protégés, Lynne D. Shipley

Scholar Week 2016 - present

This study focused on women in leadership, and if weight was a consideration in their selection of a protégé. Two races were represented, Black and White, and five age groups (Total n = 87). A mixed methodology study was conducted to evaluate the data. Participants were asked to name traits deemed important for a mentee. The adjectives were quantified, themed and coded. A Fisher’s Exact Test was conducted to test the relationship between the themed word selection by race and by age. The Weight Implicit Association Test (IAT) was administered to capture implicit and explicit scores regarding weight. The range ...


Building And Developing The Academic Leadership Pipeline, J. Micheal Crafton, Amber M. K. Smallwood, Elroi J. Windsor 2020 University of West Georgia

Building And Developing The Academic Leadership Pipeline, J. Micheal Crafton, Amber M. K. Smallwood, Elroi J. Windsor

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Presenters and participants will explore the need for and opportunities to build, support, and sustain a scaffolded infrastructure to enhance academic leadership knowledge and skills while developing a pipeline of academic leadership talent within the university.


Employability Skills For 21st Century Stem Students: The Employers’ Perspective, Doreen McGunagle, Laura Zizka 2020 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Employability Skills For 21st Century Stem Students: The Employers’ Perspective, Doreen Mcgunagle, Laura Zizka

Publications

Purpose

One of the goals of educational institutions is to prepare their graduates to be workplace-ready. The purpose of this paper is to identify the employability skills lacking in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) industry from employers' perspectives to assist STEM educational institutions in creating more relevant programs inclusive of employability skills.

Design/methodology/approach

This study addresses 16 job-specific skills based on data deriving from the responses of 250 Human Resource Managers (HRMs) who represent five manufacturing industries (Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Consumer Products, Electronics and Industrial Manufacturing) located in five regions (Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, West-Mountain and ...


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