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dc.contributor.advisorPoole, Marshall Scott
dc.creatorLynch, Owen Hanley
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-29T14:40:29Z
dc.date.available2005-08-29T14:40:29Z
dc.date.created2005-05
dc.date.issued2005-08-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/2390
dc.description.abstractHumor is usually associated with trivial or non-serious banter; it is however a significant factor in the construction of organizational culture. This work provides an experience based organizational account of how organizations are produced and reproduced, as well as how organizational interaction is coupled with structure. This dissertation is based on two ethnographic studies: the first, a year-long study of a hotel kitchen, and the second, a three-year study of a private boarding school. This long term examination of an organization??s interaction is used to illustrate how organizational interaction produces the duality of organizational structuration overtime. An ethnographic communication-focused approach provides methods for recognizing multiple sites and levels of the Structuration process. As a result, this approach provides a major contribution to understanding the process of Structuration through agents?? actions in the context of their organizational culture.en
dc.format.extent1741979 bytesen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen
dc.subjectHumoren
dc.subjectStructurationen
dc.subjectorganizational cultureen
dc.subjectorganizational changeen
dc.subjectethnographyen
dc.titleHumor at work: using humor to study organizations as a social processen
dc.typeBooken
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentCommunicationen
thesis.degree.disciplineSpeech Communicationen
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A&M Universityen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberConrad, Charles
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLincoln, Yvonna
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPutnam, Linda
dc.type.genreElectronic Dissertationen
dc.type.materialtexten
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digitalen


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