The Meaning of the Motherhood Experience to the Work of the Internal Organizational Development Consultant/Manager: Three Case Studies
Morgan, Patricia Ann
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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: â being fully present,â â protecting by fighting for trust and safetyâ , and â bringing a caring stance.â In two of the cases, however, some contradictions were embedded in the data, suggesting a possible â idealized perception.â The ideology of the good mother is suggested as one explanation for the potential discrepancy between the co-researchersâ beliefs and self-reports of actual functioning in the three roles of mother, consultant, and manager. A larger construct of â careâ emerged, however, and related to the â ethic of careâ in organizational practice.
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