Heather Rowley Thesis Statement

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This paper is to discuss the thesis written by Heather Rowley as a Ph.D. paper. Her final thesis was submitted to University of York in 2014 and its considered to be successful thesis regardless the time constrains that she faced. In my critique, I will assess the theoretical frame work, research methodology, contribution and key findings. In addition, I will discuss if Rowley was successful to answer the key research question: is ownership enough to secure employee engagement in Employee Owned Organizations (EOCs)? I argue throughout this paper that Rowley has not focused on the important factors affecting employee engagement, hence she was not able to give a clear answer to her thesis main questions.
Index terms: engagement, ownership, Employee
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She started with a fair introduction of about 14 pages and then she has demonstrated the literature review of each concept separately: employee ownership and employee engagement which I find impractical as its confuses the reader from relating the overall concept in the joint field. Then she write about methodology using 3 tools of qualitative research method with a whle 3 results chapters per EOCs. The she integrate the results in one summary chapter. Finally, she ends the study with with a relatively short conclusion in addition with implication of the theory, limitation of research and suggestions for further studies. Although there is some variation in length and repetition of main ideas and contribution, with relatively inconsistent of short sections in each chapters, Rowley has tried her best to link each section with her main…show more content…
She has identified that there is a lack of studies to define employee engagement and employee ownership which majorly conducted on private and public companies without looking to different types of organizations. Also, there is no academic work has clearly studied the driving of employee ownership to partially secure high engagement levels. Most of the studies exist focus only on employee ownership separately and employee engagements separately. So the inductive research theory that she has adapted is the basis of her new theory of the relationship between employee ownership and their engagement. Rowley has argued that perhaps the philosophy of falsificationisim might be usable in her paper as it takes available knowledge and then test with another variable that might discredit original
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