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How participative management influences the female millennial knowledge worker

Amy K.B. Paros (Management, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, USA)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 19 March 2021

Issue publication date: 2 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to understand if productivity and turnover of the female millennial knowledge workers was influenced by participative management theory. Developing a greater understanding for maximizing the productivity and minimizing turnover risks associated with the significant population of female millennial knowledge workers could contribute towards business success.

Design/methodology/approach

This qualitative embedded single-case study used triangulation to develop a more complete look at the female millennial knowledge worker within an organization while utilizing a method that allowed for maximizing the understanding of a common case.

Findings

While triangulating across three modes of data collection “employee development” was identified in connection with both productivity and turnover. “Timely communication” was associated with productivity, and both “feedback” and “working environment” triangulated with turnover.

Research limitations/implications

This study extends existing participative management theory, limited by a majority focus, to include the female millennial knowledge worker.

Practical implications

The results of this study showed that managers should provide development opportunities and timely feedback to female millennial knowledge workers in support of their productivity. In addition, employee development, timely feedback and a positive work environment could be used by managers to minimize turnover in this population.

Originality/value

The risk of alienating the population of female millennial knowledge workers could result in turnover and productivity challenges for businesses. The results of this study showed that managers should engage in employee development, timely feedback and cultivate a positive work environment to minimize turnover and increase the productivity of this population.

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Acknowledgements

Funding Acknowledgements: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.Declaration of Conflicting Interests: The author declares no potential conflicts of interest with respects to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Citation

Paros, A.K.B. (2021), "How participative management influences the female millennial knowledge worker", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 606-616. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-09-2020-0388

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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