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Author Brown, Matthew V., Jr
Title Residential learning communities as social constructions: Four case studies of organizational identity
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Descript 441 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-02, Section: A, page: 0505
Chair: Marvin W. Peterson
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Michigan, 2005
This dissertation is a qualitative case study of four undergraduate residential learning communities operating within a large research university. The research examines how participants in these learning communities enact to socially construct an organizational identity(s) (Albert and Whetten, 1985; Dutton and Dukerich, 1991). This dissertation research extends the conventional framework for understanding (and defining) organizational identity as four dynamic interrelated processes. The conceptual framework used to investigate these processes included examining member narratives, structurations (Giddens, 1984), agreement-in-practice (Wenger, 1998) and work routines (Gioia, 1999) that contributed to this sensemaking activity within an organizing environment (Weick, 1995). Findings revealed wide variations within residential learning communities' curricular/co-curricular integrations, member narratives as claims of identity, rule structures, member agreements, and pedagogical and administrative routines
School code: 0127
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-02A
Subject Education, Higher
Alt Author University of Michigan
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