Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Unknown

Committee Member 1

Marina, Brenda

Committee Member 2

n/a

Committee Member 3

n/a

Committee Member 4

n/a

Abstract

The purposes of this study was to (1) examine the extent that locus of control influences the organizational commitment of Chief Housing Officers and (2) look at background factors of Chief Housing Officers and any relationships to the level of locus of control and organizational commitment. The roles of Chief Housing Officers are ones that require a wide array of skills and include a multitude of daily job stressors. How a Chief Housing Officer manages these stressors has an impact on the success and longevity of his or her career within the role. When organizational commitment is high, it is more likely that longevity and a particular level of success will be obtained. The level of locus of control a person has is related to their level of organizational commitment. Specifically, if an individual has a high sense of internal locus of control then the individual will experience a higher level of organizational commitment. Existing research examines the high attrition rates among workers in the student affairs field and the relation to level of organizational commitment. However, at the time of this study, there has been limited research that determines if such a relationship exists for Chief Housing Officers. In addition, there has been no specific research study that has examined the effects of locus of control on Chief Housing Officers' organizational commitment.

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