Title

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Date of Award

8-10-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Leadership and Organizations

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Leadership & Organizations

Advisor

Bridget Arend

Keywords

Aerospace; Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Employee Retention; Employee Turnover; Group Cohesion; Job Satisfaction; Lockheed Martin; Teams; United Launch Alliance

Abstract

Group cohesion is a fundamental element in the aerospace industry and in any organization where employees work in teams on an everyday basis. This study explores the relationship between group cohesion and employee turnover and retention rates in three aerospace companies: Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., and United Launch Alliance. One-on-one interviews were conducted with a representative from each company. The results supported a positive relationship between group cohesion and employee turnover and retention. If group cohesiveness is present, then there is high employee retention and low turnover. Group cohesion is also a factor in conserving employee characteristics such as job satisfaction, trust, and positive attitudes. These variables in turn have an impact on turnover and retention rates.

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