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|DESIGNED ISOMORPHISM WITHIN AN ABORIGINAL HOUSING INITIATIVE: POSITIVE CHANGE AND GROWTH FOR ALL
|Dr. Kay Devine, Athabasca University; Dr. David Newhouse, Trent University;
|Dr. Debra Hoven, Athabasca University
Dr. Asaf Zohar, Trent University
|Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
|Faculty of Business
First Nations Housing
|This dissertation is concerned with research regarding the construction of a multi-family housing initiative involving groups of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers. The research builds upon a previous retrospective study which had reported on the isomorphic activity between individuals and organizations belonging to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups. This previous initiative involved cooperation between members of the construction industry in Alberta and an Aboriginal community, and resulted in institutional isomorphic outcomes which were generated through the experience, understanding and acceptance on individual and organizational levels of both groups. It was observed that organizational actions and context influenced cultural shifting within both parties, and assisted in dealing with project challenges. Unlike this previous retrospective case study, this dissertation research consists of a planned and conscious isomorphic and immersion process at the project’s outset, which continued throughout the project. This research examines whether this planned or “conscious isomorphism” has an impact with regard to the effective provision of new home construction for the Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people in Canada. By extension, the research also adds to the body of knowledge with regard to Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships and partnerships, to the adaptation of new employees into unfamiliar settings, and to the linkage between institutional theory and culture perspective.
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