Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The sense of community in a geo-dispersed corporate functional subgroup
by Peters-Van Havel, Karla Ruth, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2016, 165; 10099664
Abstract (Summary)

The deep-seated qualities of the psychological sense of community (PSOC) are sometimes considered vital to human function and without them we would suffer isolation, loneliness, depression, and alienation (Sarason, 1974; Pretty, Andrews, & Collett, 1994). In the late 1980s and early 1990s studies of the psychological sense of community began in the workplace (Pretty & McCarthy, 1991; Klein & D’Aunno, 1986. Understanding this phenomenon, what it is, and the implications for those who feel a sense of community and those who do not can be a strength or benchmark for teams and groups of geographically dispersed organizations to build models for improvement. While PSOC is generally measured by an individual’s perception of a referent community to which they belong, cohesion is the collective look at PSOC (Buckner, 1988; E. E. Sampson, 1988; R. J. Sampson, 1991). This study evaluates the sense of community in the context of a geographically dispersed community, where PSOC is both relational and locational. A mixed methods approach to the case study is done through the use of surveys, ethnographic observation, and interviews. Key findings in this study include 16 unique descriptive characteristics for FSPSOC, a strong linear correlation between cohesion and the PSOC, and ambiguity in the term community. In addition, it was established that employees perceive geographic dispersion as directly impacting PSOC.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Willis, David B.
Commitee: Corley, Connie, Kaulback, Brenda, Lundin, Stephen, Thatchenkery, Tojo
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: The School of Human and Organization Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral Sciences, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Cohesion, Geographically dispersed, Management, Organization, Psychological sense of community, Remote
Publication Number: 10099664
ISBN: 9781339636610
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