Publication Date

Fall 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randall Capps (Director), Joseph Cangemi, and Whitney Peake

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


This research is on the relationship between employees and employers and seeks to determine the relationship between the values held by employees and the extent business leaders adapt their business practices to each of these values. By understanding this relationship, business leaders can gain insight into the improvement of both employee and supervisor success for the vitality of the organization.

Participants from AAA Minor League Baseball teams agreed to allow the survey to be distributed to their employees and employers via email. The nine values were developed from a panel of experts within Minor League Baseball management and human resources departments. Teams were asked to distribute the survey to the employees and employers and were provided a link to the survey, with the understanding the results would be compiled within a week.

Results indicate that, the majority of the values were ranked similarly between employers and employees, three values were largely misunderstood by employers. Financial incentive holds less value to employees than employers believe, employees do not value public recognition as highly as employers believe, and employees value trust in the workplace much higher than employers believe. Trust in the workplace is clearly identified as the most important value to employees.

Implications for practice include opportunities for employers to analyze their own traits and behaviors and compare them to those in this study. Although it is believed all nine traits are essential, creating an environment of trust should be the foundation on which each of the other values stand. High wages pale in comparison to the importance of trust in the workplace. Employers can use the survey format to evaluate whether their perceived values match those of the employees within their organization or industry.


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