Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John Wanzenried

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Reed

Third Advisor

Dr. Dennis Fus


This study was conducted to determine if males and females differ in their perceptions of the communication competencies of women and men managers. A total of 101 employees from a midwestern, Fortune 500 company participated in this study through completion of a questionnaire. 54 of the respondents were female and 47 were male. Two questionnaires were used: one pertaining to women managers, and one pertaining to men managers. Each of the questionnaires had both male and female respondents. At-test was run to detect any significant differences. Results of the study showed several significant differences. On three of the 30 questions on the women manager survey there were significant differences. There were even a greater number of significant differences found on the male manager survey, totalling nine.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1991 Michelle Chapman.