Identifying truck driver retention in central Oregon working in the owner-operator capacity
This research used a quantitative method with a descriptive, correlational design to identify, quantify, and correlate the primary motivating factor(s) in owner-operators’ decisions to leave or remain in the trucking industry in the owner-operator capacity. A survey was developed form an expert panel and tested with a pilot study. The resulting study was comprised of 108 participants, all of which were current or former owner-operators who have worked in or through central Oregon. In addition to basic descriptive data, the regression analysis provided only one significant predictor of an owner-operators decision to remain in the trucking industry in the owner-operator capacity, which was length of time as an owner-operator. Pearson’s correlation analysis revealed that the cost of fuel was negatively correlated with the number of years spent as owner and the number of years spent in the industry. This research provides a platform for further research such as a mixed method research design which could provide depth to the quantitative data by giving the participants the opportunity to expound on their responses.
0709: Transportation planning