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Negotiating Cultural Boundaries: How Individuals Traverse the Fragmented Terrain of Higher Education

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dc.contributor.advisor Lester, Jaime R.
dc.contributor.author Klein, Carrie
dc.creator Klein, Carrie
dc.date 2013-07-23
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-12T14:44:32Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-12T14:44:32Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-12
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8468
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes the ways in which organizational culture and sub-cultures inform how individuals work across the fragmented terrain of higher education. Through a qualitative case study at George Mason University eighteen individuals were interviewed to explore the role of organizational culture and sub-cultures in their collaborative interactions. Among the results are that the motivations, awareness and strategies of individuals are informed by both the overarching organizational culture and sub-cultural differences. Each of these aspects of individuals reifies another. Organizational culture in the form of shared mission and goals motivates individuals to collaborate beyond subcultures. This motivation requires a deep awareness of others in the organization. By broadening their knowledge base, individuals are better able to construct strategies for successful collaboration. When successful, these strategies – relationship and network building, tailored communication, active listening, advocacy and adaptable approach – in turn, provide new motivation and greater awareness. These findings are useful in that they provide insight into collaborative effectiveness that internal boundary spanners can use to bridge the loosely-coupled components of their institutions for greater organizational success.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject organizational theory en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.subject organizational culture en_US
dc.subject boundary spanning en_US
dc.subject collaboration en_US
dc.title Negotiating Cultural Boundaries: How Individuals Traverse the Fragmented Terrain of Higher Education en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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