This mixed methods study explored the relationship between organizational culture expressed through values and meeting practices. Three organizations were studied using meeting observations, a staff survey and interviews. The study referenced four conceptual frameworks on the role of meetings in business—that they played a functional role, represented an interruption in the flow of work, were a form of organizational discourse and were a component of organizational culture. Meetings were one of a number of methods the organizations used to reinforce their values and were a complex reflection of the life of the organization and expressed how it had chosen to work out its context, with the role of the managers surfacing as a critical avenue for values reinforcement. Values awareness proved to be an unreliable indicator of values integration. Studying meetings also emerged as a low-threat entrée for OD practitioners to explore an organization’s culture.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Business meetings -- Case studies; Organizational effectiveness -- Case studies; Work environment -- Evaluation
Date of Award
Graziadio Business School
Volle, Miriam, "Exploring the relationship of meetings to organizational culture and values" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 766.