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Institutional Change: Intra-Denominational Coalition Collaboration in the Presbyterian Church in America
by Lee, Murray Wesley, Ph.D., The University of Alabama, 2017, 118; 10600317
Abstract (Summary)

The recent surge in religious studies coupled with the strict decline in religion creates the backdrop for the need for this paper. In this study, I use a fantasy theme analysis approach to analyzing data from 23 semi-structured interviews with Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) pastors. I utilize Institutional Work Theory, Symbolic Convergence Theory, and Bona Fide Group Perspective to understand how the dominant coalitions within the PCA interact to affect change in the institution. My findings highlight the difficulties associated with embedded agency and new contributions to each of the aforementioned theoretical perspectives. My project offers a perspective on the uniqueness and value of studying religious denominations as institutions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gower, Karla
School: The University of Alabama
Department: Communication and Information Sciences
School Location: United States -- Alabama
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Organization Theory
Keywords: Embedded agency, Institutional theory, Institutional work theory
Publication Number: 10600317
ISBN: 978-0-355-35248-1
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