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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Love as an Organizational Norm: An Exploration at a Values-Centered Organization
by Bogaty-Rodriguez, Vangie Marie, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2020, 98; 28088744
Abstract (Summary)

“Love is at the root of everything—all learning, all relationships—love,

or the lack of it.”

― Fred Rodgers (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood)

This study investigated to what extent, if any, developing a norm of love might be accepted, incorporated, sustained, and beneficial to an organization. Participants included 18 directors, managers, and supervisors of a 24-year-old telecommunications company located in Puerto Rico. Data were collected through individual interviews where interviewees shared their perspectives on the possibility of adopting the norm of love, their acceptance of it, and how they would implement it. Findings indicated that a majority (83.33%) of the participants acknowledged that love is part of the human essence and whole selves, and that such a norm would be beneficial to employees and the organization. Findings additionally suggested that the norm could be sustained when supported by a thorough implementation strategy, including all stakeholders in the effort, and preparing the organization to face challenges and risks that emerge before, during, and after implementing the norm. Based on these findings, it may be concluded that love could become an organizational norm.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rhodes, Kent
Commitee: Egan, Terri
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Organizational behavior, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Leadership, Love, Organizational norms, Values, Whole-self
Publication Number: 28088744
ISBN: 9798662590298
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