Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Longing to belong: Identity and organization theory
by Hill, TL, Ph.D., Temple University, 2011, 199; 3440081
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation consists of the first three papers in a stream of organization theory research inspired by the insight that humans are as motivated by identity self interest—or the “longing to belong”—as by instrumental self interest. The first paper spells out this insight and its implications for the governance of knowledge intensive organizations; the second paper offers an empirical test of the fundamental assumption that a continuum of motivation influences governance arrangements; and the third paper uses a historical case study to refine process theories of organization by emphasizing the struggle for dominance between identity groups and their logics.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mudambi, Ram
Commitee: Hamilton, III, Robert D., Kumaraswamy, Arun, Scott, Jonathan
School: Temple University
Department: Business Administration/Strategic Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organization Theory
Keywords: Economic sociology, Embeddedness, Identity, Open source, Organizational democracy, Process theory
Publication Number: 3440081
ISBN: 978-1-124-46534-0
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