Date of Conferral
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Brandon D. Simmons
Employees affected by burnout syndrome often experience reduced engagement and decreased
job performance, costing their organizations through lost productivity and profit. However, it is
not clear what causes employee burnout in working environments. The purpose of this
correlation study was to examine the relationships between project cost, project team member
role, project schedule, and project team member burnout. This study was grounded in the job
demands-resources theory, which states that all employees experience demands in their work that
may lead to long-term stress and eventually burnout syndrome if these demands are not mitigated
by job resources. The population for this study consisted of project management team members
located in the Southern United States. The research question for this study examined the
relationships among project cost, project team member role, project schedule, and burnout of
project team members. A survey provided the data for analysis (N = 159). Study data were
evaluated using correlational analysis. Multiple linear regression results indicated no significant
relationships existed between project cost, project team member role, project schedule, and the 3
constructs of burnout syndrome: cynicism, exhaustion, and professional efficacy. This study may
contribute to social change by increasing awareness of what contributes to employee burnout.
This research is relevant to project management team members and business leaders. Burnout
leads to reduced employee engagement, lost profit for the business, and health impairment for
burned out employees. Project teams and business leaders would benefit by incorporating
information from this study in programs designed to reduce, mitigate, or eliminate burnout
among project management personnel.
Bundschuh, Alan Lee, "Relationships Between Project Cost, Project Team Member Role, Project Schedule, and Burnout" (2018). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 5171.