Understanding organizational cultural relationships: A qualitative study of antagonistic relations inside of the workplace

by Davis, Minta D., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 114 pages; 3513679


Prior research indicated there were complexities in understanding relationships within an organizational culture, but it had neglected to investigate antagonistic relations as a viable element within the organizational culture structure. For this study, the purpose was to expand empirical knowledge on organizational culture relationships. A qualitative approach explored the causes of antagonistic relations inside of the workplace. To understand the research problem, the researcher conducted an inductive reasoning inquiry and analyzed input obtained from researcher observations, field notes, and responses from participants in a focus group setting. The selected participants drew from their lived experiences on antagonistic relations inside of the workplace. The findings from this study revealed that antagonistic relations inside of the workplace can be managed as long as fairness, two-way communications, and respect are included in the written policies that everyone abides by.

AdviserKathleen Henry
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsCultural resources management; Management; Labor relations; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3513679

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