Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Ronald W. Smith
Number of Pages
Founded in 1982, Elphant1 is a 25-person architecture and interior design firm located in one of America's most "postmodern" cities (Venturi, Brown and Izenour 1977; Fontana and Preston 1990; Gottschalk 1995; Dickens 1999). In order to design better buildings that respond to as well as support people, organizations, and society, Elphant is engaged in an organizational change effort to incorporate sociological theories and methods into their design processes and operational activities; According to organization culture theorist Joanne Martin (2002), few researchers have integrated what is known about organizational change with cultural change. Applying Martin's (2002) three-perspective approach and Schein's (1992) three-layered model to the study of organizational culture, my case study is a cultural analysis of organizational life and answers the question, "What are the linkages between organizational culture and organizational change within Elphant?" (Abstract shortened by UMI.); 1Elphant is the pseudonym given to the architecture firm under study.
Architecture; Case; Change; Culture; Firm; Small; Study
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Bugni, Valerie L, "A case study of culture and change in a small architecture firm" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1762.