Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randall Caps, Judith Hoover, Larry WInn

Degree Program

Department of Communication

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this research project is to answer the question, "How and with what effects does Logan Aluminum, Inc. translate and implement the principles of socio-technical and team management theory into its organizational culture and operational activities?" To answer this question the researcher first examined the literature related to those theories and then conducted on-site interviews and ethnographic research to witness their implementation. The researcher found strong evidence to prove the validity and accuracy of many of those theories when practiced in an organizational setting. Theories particularly proven were those relating to the necessity of constant training, the role of leadership, team and team member capabilities, employee morale and team maturation.


Business | Communication | Human Resources Management | Organizational Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences