Jeanine Soucie, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Jeanine Soucie at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Philomena Essed, Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member, Dr. Ulrika Schmauch, Committee Member (not shown)
- Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Ulrika Schmauch, Ph.D., Committee Member
The purpose of this grounded theory study was to explore the lived experience of foreign-born professional highly skilled employees living in the United States working for U.S.-centric organizations and the impact the interplay between their ethnic culture and the organization’s culture has had on their creativity in the workplace. Fourteen participants were interviewed and shared their experiences of creativity, providing rich stories. Using grounded theory analysis of their statements revealed five primary dimensions and five theoretical propositions. The study offers a heuristic model of the newly identified concept “cultural pivoting.” This term describes the importance and impact of having access to several cultural practices and finding behaviors/attitudes/discourses that best suits the situation and/or best solves the problem at hand. Navigating variations of cultural pivoting are indications of what I have called contextual creativity. Thus, the study also adds a different understanding of factors enabling creativity in organizations. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu.
Soucie, J. (2020). Contextual Creativity and the Experience of Cultural Pivoting in the Workplace. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/591