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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Morgan, Patricia Ann
Author's Email Address patricia.morgan11@verizon.net
URN etd-04242003-154952
Title The Meaning of the Motherhood Experience to the Work of the Internal Organizational Development Consultant/Manager: Three Case Studies
Degree PhD
Department Adult Learning and Human Resource Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Boucouvalas, Marcie Committee Chair
Brott, Pamelia E. Committee Member
Cline, Marvin Gerald Committee Member
Klunk, Clare D. Committee Member
Morris, Linda E. Committee Member
  • adult learning theory
  • ethic of care
  • grounded theory
Date of Defense 2003-04-10
Availability unrestricted
The dissertation focuses on understanding the mothering experience of three internal organizational development consultant/managers who perceive that their experience informed their professional functioning. The questions that guided the study were: (a) What is the mothering experience of the internal organizational development consultant/manager who perceives that her experience informed her professional functioning? and (b) How does the mothering experience inform the professional functioning of the internal organizational development consultant/manager?

A case study method using the grounded theory method of data analysis produced three narratives that suggested how the mothering experience influenced consulting and managerial functioning. Three themes emerged; namely: “being fully present,” “protecting by fighting for trust and safety”, and “bringing a caring stance.” In two of the cases, however, some contradictions were embedded in the data, suggesting a possible “idealized perception.” The ideology of the good mother is suggested as one explanation for the potential discrepancy between the co-researchers’ beliefs and self-reports of actual functioning in the three roles of mother, consultant, and manager. A larger construct of “care” emerged, however, and related to the “ethic of care” in organizational practice.

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