Date of Award


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Master of Science

First Advisor

Freda F. Stohrer, PhD

Second Advisor

Guy S. Shane, PhD


Current research into the effect of downsizing, restructuring, and force reduction on employees has approached the issue many possible vantage points it has focused on the victims, the survivors, and sometimes both. Researchers in management science and psychology explain responses we can expect from survivors of such a corporate upheaval. These effects are of particular interest to supervisors, because they will inevitably face a workforce, at least partially staffed with such survivors. To clarify possible attitudes and behaviors in tomorrow’s work environment, our study tied together, through meta- analysis, results of studies on survivors of a downsized organization. The completed analysis enables managers to preview in the aggregate sense a certain set of downsizing survivor responses. A questionnaire was used to gather added data on survivor’s reactions to and feelings about their organization. The results were incorporated into the meta-analysis statistics, and credibility intervals established. This interval will serve to identify the true population correlations for the variable relationships presented in the current research literature.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.