Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the relationship of meetings to organizational culture and values
by Volle, Miriam, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2017, 90; 10258041
Abstract (Summary)

This mixed methods study explored the relationship between organizational culture expressed through values and meeting practices. Three organizations were studied using meeting observations, a staff survey and interviews. The study referenced four conceptual frameworks on the role of meetings in business—that they played a functional role, represented an interruption in the flow of work, were a form of organizational discourse and were a component of organizational culture. Meetings were one of a number of methods the organizations used to reinforce their values and were a complex reflection of the life of the organization and expressed how it had chosen to work out its context, with the role of the managers surfacing as a critical avenue for values reinforcement. Values awareness proved to be an unreliable indicator of values integration. Studying meetings also emerged as a low-threat entrée for OD practitioners to explore an organization’s culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rhodes, Kent B.
Commitee: Feyerherm, Ann, Lacey, Miriam Y., van Rensburg, Deryck J.
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior
Keywords: Meetings, Organization values, Organizational culture
Publication Number: 10258041
ISBN: 978-1-369-61199-1
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