Date of Award

Spring 2005

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Bonewits, Sarah L.

Second Advisor

Garner, Ana C.

Third Advisor

Grow, Jean M.

Abstract

Alternative forms of organizing are increasingly common throughout America's for-profit, public and non-profit sectors. Especially popular are hybrid organizational structures or those pairing a traditional, bureaucratic structure and ideology with an alternative, feminist structure and ideology. This study explores the dissonance, tensions and paradoxes generated by the co-existence of these structures and their competing ideologies in a women-centric, non-profit substance-abuse treatment agency. It also documents strategies used by organization members to negotiate these phenomena.

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