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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Richard C. Snyder


Employee turnover affects the profitability, performance, and customer service of an organization. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore strategies that leaders in the hotel industry used to maintain a low rate of employee turnover. Motivation-hygiene theory was the conceptual framework for the study. The study population included 9 hotel leaders from 2 international hotels operating in Jamaica. Methodological triangulation involved the comparison of data from observation of hotel facilities and leaders' interactions with employees, review of company documents, and semistructured interviews. Data were analyzed into emerging themes using a Gadamerian hermeneutics framework of interpretation. Four major themes emerged from the data analysis: effective leadership strategies, favorable human resource management practices, good working conditions, and a family-oriented organizational culture. Analysis of the data showed that hotel industry leaders used a combination of these strategies to maintain low rates of employee turnover. The findings and recommendations may contribute to positive social change by providing hotel leaders with effective retention strategies, resulting in increased profitability and potential income continuity, thereby decreasing unemployment and moderating poverty.