Dancing with Dissonance : Organizational Communication at a Women's Substance-Abuse Treatment Agency

Jeremy S. Salucka, Marquette University


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.