corporate performance by empowering employees
A recent study on employment in manufacturing firms in Sri Lanka
has suggested that management practices that empower employees and
foster mutual trust lead to better corporate performance.
initiative to ensure more employee influence in companies emerges
from management and is linked with the achievement of management
objectives and is referred to as employee involvement (EI).
practices lead to higher organizational performance and greater
employee morale, according to the study by Dr. A.K.L Jayawardana,
senior consultant in Quality and Productivity Management at the
Postgraduate Institute of Management.
was recently awarded the Degree of Doctor of Business Administration
from University of Canberra, Australia for his study and doctoral
thesis titled "Sustaining Employee Involvement in a Developing
to the control-oriented practices of traditional organizations,
participative methods lead to lower levels of absence and employee
turnover and higher individual work performance.
employee involvement efforts to be effective several organizational
design elements must be moved to lower organizational levels. The
key elements that drive the employee involvement process as derived
from motivation theory are power, information, knowledge and rewards.
is argued that moving these key elements down the level of the organization
leads to employees feeling ownership and responsibility for work,
Dr. Jayawardana said.
should be drawn into the corporate culture through commitment to
its values and objectives and should be capable of taking related
decisions and be empowered to become self-managers rather than act
as passive recipients of management plans, Dr.Jayawardana said.
has been commended for his thesis, with Dr. J. Sheilds, an examiner
of the thesis from University of Sydney, stating that "the
study meets the twin test of originality and making a significant
contribution to knowledge in the field".
has over 25 years experience in the industry and for 10 years served
as the executive director of Asian Cotton Mills Ltd. He had his
education at Sri Palee College, Horana and at Dharmapala Vidyalaya,
Pannipitiya. He obtained a first class degree in Bachelor of Technology
(B Tech), majoring in Textiles from the University of Madras in
1974 and later in 1989 obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Management
from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.