Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Once upon a Team: The Impact of Personal Storytelling Types on Desire to Collaborate
by Ebeling, Matt, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2020, 98; 28154382
Abstract (Summary)

Personal story disclosure supports the development of interpersonal relationships through the building of trust and feelings of closeness. In organizational teams, trust is key to the promotion of cooperative behaviors and team performance, and collaboration within a team and across teams becomes exceedingly important as organizations grow and increase in complexity. The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of specific types of personal storytelling on a person’s desire to collaborate with others in the workplace. I conclude that the following characteristics of personal story sharing by co-workers have a positive impact on desire to collaborate with the sharer: stories that reveal or imply attractive professional traits; stories perceived as having a deeper, more emotionally-driven narrative; and stories with a high degree of relatability to the recipient. These conclusions drove recommendations to organizational leaders to design interventions among their teams that elicit the sharing of personal stories.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mangiofico, Gary
Commitee: Chesley, Julie A
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/5(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Organization Theory, Management, Design, Occupational psychology, Labor relations
Keywords: Disclosure, Narrative, Relatability, Storytelling, Cooperative behaviors, Workplace collaboration, Organizational leaders, Design interventions
Publication Number: 28154382
ISBN: 9798691216633
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