Millennials, generations, workplace, organizational culture, membership catagorization devices, mcds, mirs, rituals, attraction, interpersonal, qualitative
In some organizations four generations work together creating a unique culture. Millennials are the second largest generation currently in the workforce. Organizational culture is affected by interpersonal communication. Interviews were conducted with 17 workers between the ages of 19 and 30. Interviews consisted of 22 open-ended questions regarding daily tasks, organized activities, and interpersonal interaction. The perspective of organizational culture was evaluated through personal, task, social, and organizational rituals. Membership categorization was used to determine common vocabulary used to identify with coworkers. Duck’s theory on attraction was used to evaluate interpersonal behavior seeking to determine psychological attractors acting as catalysts for relationship building. Data found suggests that Millennials create a culture similar to the tribal example suggested in previous research. Rituals act as forms of cultural dissemination and strengthening. The use of membership categorization devices reflected the structure of the organization and relationships between coworkers. Using Duck’s attraction theory, an analysis reflected the identification factors that act as catalysts for relationships. Psychological attraction was linked to common interests
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
Communication; Interpersonal Communication
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences, Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Richendollar, Carolee, "How Do They Fit In?: Millennials In The Workplace" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2922.
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