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The Social Construction and Reciprocity of Resilience: An Empirical Investigation of an Organizational Context

Abstract This research examines the communicative processes of resilience in the organizational context of public education. The research utilizes one-on-one interviews to elicit descriptions of resilience and well-being and collect stories of success and overcoming challenges. The study purpose is two-fold: (1) to understand the ways in which organizational members construct and enact resilience individually and collectively through their talk and stories, and (2) to extend the communication theory of resilience through an empirical investigation of resilience in an organizational context. An iterative, thematic analysis of interview data revealed that resilience, as lived, is a socially constructed, collective process. Findings show resilience in ... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Kamrath, Jessica K (Author) / Tracy, Sarah J. (Advisor) / Adame, Elissa A. (Committee member) / Cloutier, Scott (Committee member) / Waldron, Vincent R. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Education / Organization theory / Communication Theory of Resilience / Education / Organizational Communication / Resilience / Social Construction / Well-Being
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 197 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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