Angela Kinley

Date of Defense




First Advisor

Jennifer Palthe, Management

Second Advisor

Rich Compton, Management


As the business world continues to grow and expand, organizations will be faced with new challenges and opportunities for improvement and growth. One option for organizations seeking change is employee empowerment. Employee empowerment is a concept that can be as simple or as complex as needed and can be applied to any organization. The following look at employee empowerment begins with various definitions offered by contemporary authors, proof that it is not a firm construct. Employee empowerment can take many forms and incorporate many different techniques. The next section, entitled Why Empowerment is Useful identifies benefits of employee empowerment for the individual employee, the team, and the organization as a whole. The third section covers methods for determining and evaluating empowerment needs. Next, the implementation process is explained. The closing section makes recommendations and introduces changing conditions in the business world, and how these changes can be incorporated into the empowerment process.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only