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Structuring deference and solidarity in a manager-expatriate employee dyad in the context of changing communications media within the Mennonite Central Committee

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dc.contributor.author Brotheridge, Celeste M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-09T16:43:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-09T16:43:12Z
dc.date.issued 2003-08-01-01:09T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier (Sirsi) APY-8946 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3797
dc.description.abstract The present study joins studies of the relationship between structure and technology (Barley, 1986) and computer mediated communications (Orlikowski, 1992; Orlikowski & Robey, 1991; Orlikowski, Yates, Okamura, & Fujimoto, 1995; Poole & DeSanctis, 1992; Yates, Orlikowski, & Okamura, 1999) in drawing from structuration theory (Giddens, 1984) as a framework for understanding how the introduction of new communication media serves as a junctural structuring event (Poole & DeSanctis, 1992) that fundamentally influences the order of discourse as reflected in existing interaction patterns (Fairclough, 1993; Schwarz & Brock, 1998). In particular, the present study examines the effects of changes in communications media on hierarchical communications within manager-employee dyads in an international organization using politeness theory as its analytical framework. This study samples the ongoing communications between managers located in North America ('the Africa Desk') and their direct reports (the Country Representative) in the Chad operation of the Mennonite Central Committee, an international aid and peace organization, as the medium of their communications changes from couriered letters to facsimiles and, finally, to electronic mail (e-mail). en_US
dc.format.extent 169 leaves : en_US
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dc.language en_US
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dc.rights The reproduction of this thesis has been made available by authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research, and may only be reproduced and copied as permitted by copyright laws or with express written authorization from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.title Structuring deference and solidarity in a manager-expatriate employee dyad in the context of changing communications media within the Mennonite Central Committee en_US
dc.degree.discipline Business Administration en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US


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