Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
D. Keith Mathis
Business | Leadership Studies
Howard, Graham Wesley, "Effective Leadership Practices of Blue-Collar Workers in Manufacturing Organizations" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2478.
This study investigated and analyzed leadership’s impact on the frontline, blue-collar workers in manufacturing industries in the Southeastern United States that were non-union companies. This study is a qualitative, multiple case study that investigated leadership practices at three different manufacturing facilities. The specific effects of leadership that this study focused on was how leaders affected employee outcomes such as turnover, satisfaction, and motivation. The results of this study identified a need for leadership training in blue-collar, manufacturing industries as well as the need to develop stronger leader-follower relations in order to improve employee turnover, satisfaction, and motivation within manufacturing industries.