Signature Assignment: Part Two
BTM 7300, Assignment 12
DuBose, Justin Z.
Dr. Antoinette Kohlman
11 June 2017
Draft problem statement
As a Ph.D. student at Northcentral University pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership, I am becoming acquainted with several issues within this broad umbrella of research. Primary in my research is the problem of the multi-generational workforce as well as the problem of ethics as they relate to ever-developing technologies.
Draft purpose statement
The issue of the multi-generational workforce is important and worthy of further research for numerous reasons. Recent scholarly research, from multiple independent studies, has discovered that different age groups view e-leadership differently (Patchanee, 2011; Mackenzie, 2010). In these studies, it was concluded that older generations see their e-leadership as being effective and well received, while the millennial generation does not. Under this umbrella of generational differences manifesting themselves within a multi-generational workplace environment, another researcher concluded that generational differences, while presenting unique challenges, also foster a more diverse and productive workforce (Clark, 2017).
Within the issue of virtual ethics lie problems of a different variety. Several studies on ethics were conducted with varying focuses on the effects of technology on personal and organizational ethics. One study found that there is a high value in teaching ethics and interdisciplinary collaboration in virtual learning environments (Nadolny, 2013). While studying ethics, another author found that those in the library profession are very aware of the importance of ethics, but that technology creates the need for complex, new training in ethical decision-making (Ferguson, 2016). It was also concluded, in a separate study, that technical proficiency in the IT field does not translate to effective leadership. Rather, intangible skills such as communication and teamwork are equally important (El Sofany, 2014).
Preferred research methodology
As my own literature review continues to develop and take shape, a mixed method approach seems to be most suitable to the type of research taking place. A quantitative methodological approach would be instrumental in collected and analyzing data on the subject to see what existing patterns or trends are present within the research area. A qualitative methodological approach could then build upon that quantitative foundation in uncovering the reasons and motivations behind the conclusions presented by the collected data. While both are helpful, a solid qualitative methodological approach seems to be built upon a firm quantitative methodological foundation.
I will continually endeavor to ultimately contribute in not only a quantitative way but also a qualitative way to this important research field. In keeping this value in mind, conducting research in the mixed methodology of both quantitative as well as qualitative will allow for my own unique research contribution to address both data collection as well as data analysis.
Potential study participants
Potential study participants would include those in the workforce from the Millennial generation (born 1985-2010), those in “Generation X” (born 1965-1984), as well as those known as the “Baby Boomers” (born 1945-1964). As the workforce continues to incorporate more Millennials, it will be imperative to continue to study their influence in these subject areas. This is why some researchers have chosen to only study this demographic in such research (Nadolny, 2013). However, it would provide a more complex and more in-depth understanding of this area for study participants to also include those of previous generations who will be working alongside these Millennials and, to varying degrees, influence their job comprehension and performance (Clark, 2017).
3 draft research questions
Though there are dozens of questions that could be asked on this subject, three specific questions have emerged thus far in my research. Within the context of a virtual workplace, how does one maintain a cohesive culture without maintaining regular and personal interaction with the workforce? In the multi-generational workforce environment, how does the modern e-leader motivate successive generations when their understanding and capabilities of technology are so widely varied? What is the value of ethical training in new technologies? Each of these questions drive at a central theme in research of the need for ethical training with the influence of technology, the role of the modern e-leader, and maintaining the desired workforce culture in a dynamic work environment.
Explain how your chosen theories support the above elements
These research theories support the above elements in a variety of ways. Firstly, the research problem is a real and pressing issue in the modern workforce. This is evidenced not only by the number of scholarly articles on the issue, but also on the data collected by those researchers. Secondly, the purpose of the research is to address those issues and problems in a meaningful way. Thirdly, those meaningful ways include both a quantitative and a qualitative contribution in studying not only the number of instances in which these issues of virtual ethics and inter-generational cultures clash in the modern workforce, but also in a practical, qualitative way that provides modern e-leaders with tools to address these problems. Among these contributions are also providing a greater foundation upon which future research can be conducted.
Assess the viability of such dissertation study and relate it to your degree
In my assessment, these topics seem to be viable research themes that could form the basis of dissertation study. In part, this is true because enough research has been done on the subject that significant scholarly inquisition has already taken place. However, the study limitations within that same research points to the need for further research to be conducted on the subject. Therefore, while there exists enough research to form a solid foundation, there remains much to be uncovered in this area. This is why this research topic seems to be a viable option, and certainly carries with it great potential to contribute to the field of Organizational Leadership in both a theoretical as well as a practical way.
Clark, K. (2017). "Managing Multiple Generations in the Workplace". Radiologic Technology, 88(4), 379-398. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
El-Sofany, H., Alwadani, H., & Alwadani, A. (2014). “Managing Virtual Team Work in IT Projects: Survey”. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 7(4), 28-33. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
Ferguson, S., Thornley, C., & Gibb, F. (2016). “Beyond codes of ethics: how library and information professionals navigate ethical dilemmas in a complex and dynamic information environment”. International Journal of Information Management, 36(4), 543-556. Retrieved Mav y 28, 2017.
Mackenzie, M.L. (2010). 'Manager communication and workplace trust: Understanding manager and employee perceptions in the e-world'. International Journal of Information Management, 30, 529-541. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
Nadolny, L., Woolfrey, J., Pierlott, M., & Kahn, S. (2013). “SciEthics Interactive: science and ethics learning in a virtual environment”. Educational Technology Research & Development, 61(6), 979-999. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
Patchanee, M. & Servaes, J. (2011). 'The media use of American youngsters in the age of narcissism: Surviving in a 24/7 media shock and awe – distracted by everything'. Telematics and Informatics, 28, 66-76. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
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