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Dissertation Abstract

The Role of Celebration in Organizational Culture:  A Case Study

Harvella E. Brownson
July 2007

The purpose of this exploratory case study was to examine the role of celebration in an organizational setting. Eighty-two percent of the participants (n = 51), holding positions from cashiers to managers of a local retail chain, completed the data collection process. A data triangulation method was used to collect data through (a) observation, (b) Organizational Culture Inventory survey (OCI), and (c) in-person interviews. The analysis of the data indicated that the culture established at this organization is a Constructive Styles Culture whose characteristics are (a) Achievement, (b) Self-Actualization, (c) Humanistic-Encouraging, and (d) Affiliative. The in-person interviews indicated that this organization enjoys celebrating because it comes naturally.