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dc.contributor.advisorBacho, Roderick
dc.contributor.advisorHocevar, Susan
dc.contributor.authorPitre, Leighton J.
dc.dateJune 2004
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:32:11Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:32:11Z
dc.date.issued2004-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/1530
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractOrganizational cynicism is an attitude, characterized by frustration and negatively valenced beliefs, resulting primarily from unmet expectations, which is capable of being directed towards an organization in general and/or more specific facets of the organizational environment (Brockway, Carlson, Jones, & Bryant, 2002). This thesis presents an exploratory study into the causes of organizational cynicism at the United States Naval Academy. The study is based on focus groups involving 30 first class midshipmen (i.e., seniors). Gaps in expectations versus students' reality emerged as a cause of organizational cynicism. Themes such as (1) constraints on decision-making discretion, (2) disappointment in peers' actions, (3) organizational inconsistencies, and (4) emphasis on outside interests versus midshipmen's interests emerged as the strongest precursors to the development of cynicism. The effects of organizational cynicism were reported as (1) lack of organizational commitment and citizenship and (2) deficiencies in decision-making and risk taking skills.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/organizationalcy109451530
dc.format.extentxiv, 53 p.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.subject.lcshManagementen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshOrganizational behavioren_US
dc.subject.lcshSchool management and organizationen_US
dc.subject.lcshDecision makingen_US
dc.titleOrganizational cynicism at the United States Naval Academy: an exploratory studyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.schoolGraduate School of Business and Public Policy
dc.subject.authorOrganizational cynicismen_US
dc.subject.authorUnmet expectationsen_US
dc.subject.authorExpectations versus realityen_US
dc.subject.authorDecision-making discretionen_US
dc.subject.authorDisappointmenten_US
dc.subject.authorOrganizational inconsistenciesen_US
dc.subject.authorOutside interestsen_US
dc.subject.authorDevelopment of cynicismen_US
dc.subject.authorOrganizational committmenten_US
dc.subject.authorOrganizational citizenshipen_US
dc.subject.authorDecision making skillsen_US
dc.subject.authorRisk taking skillsen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Leadership and Human Resource Developmenten_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineLeadership and Human Resource Developmenten_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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