Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The connection spectrum: How leaders experience interpersonal connection in the workplace
by Lambruschini, Sherill L., Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016, 147; 10117906
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to understand more deeply the process and nature of interpersonal connections among leaders in the workplace. Specifically, this study was guided by the primary inquiry question, “How do leaders experience interpersonal connections in the workplace?” A total of 20 leaders ranging from entry to executive levels were studied. This study employed the qualitative method of constructivist grounded theory. The objective of grounded theory is to generate, inductively, a theory about basic social and psychological processes. As a researcher, employing the constructivist grounded theory methodology provided me the opportunity to inquire into the experiences of interpersonal connections of leaders in the workplace. As a result of the inquiry, I generated a theory that provided more information about how leaders behaved in and the depth of their interpersonal connection experiences. The significance of this study is that it furthers relational leadership discourse and provides more awareness about how leaders connect and behave in their experiences of interpersonal connections. The study also sheds light on interpersonal connections outside the workplace.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Raffanti, Michael
Commitee: Crowe, Dan, Heinrich, Judy
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Organizational behavior
Keywords: Connection, Grounded theory, Human-animal interactions, Leaders, Leadership, Relational leadership
Publication Number: 10117906
ISBN: 9781339792774
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