Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phenomenological Study of the Cessation of Collective Bargaining as Experienced by Academic Deans in the Wisconsin Technical College System
by Dryden, Tracy L., Ed.D., Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2017, 217; 10284617
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological study focused on the lived experiences of 17 deans in the Wisconsin Technical College System as they dealt with the end of collective bargaining. The interviews explored how the phenomenon impacted the professional role of the dean, how it changed key responsibilities, and the anticipated and unanticipated changes experienced as a result of this change. Four major themes emerged including: (1) change evoked a range of emotions and feelings in faculty that deans needed to address; (2) collective bargaining defined how deans did their work and shaped relationships; (3) the collective bargaining contract was a rule book that both complicated and simplified; and (4) collective bargaining locked what is known as golden handcuffs. The findings of this research contribute to the body of knowledge related to the deanship and organizational change in the presence of formal labor-management structures and relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hines, Susan
Commitee: Germundsen, Richard, McClure, Jack, Updaw, Nelson
School: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Department: Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Labor relations, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Change management, Collective bargaining, Deanship, Higher education, Systems thinking, Unions
Publication Number: 10284617
ISBN: 978-0-355-03615-2
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