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Develpmental partnerships: understanding and modeling developmental relationships in the 21st century

The present research introduces a framework for multiplex developmental
partnerships. First, using a qualitative case study methodology, I found that
developmental partnerships are dyadic multiplex relationships involving flexible and
permeable intra-relational role boundaries, comprised of interdependent dyad partners. I integrated role theory and social interdependence theory to help understand the affective, behavioral, and cognitive interdependence dimensions present in developmental partnerships. Analysis of interviews revealed that each dimension of interdependence is associated with a specific intra-relational role: companion, collaborator, and balanced developer. Second, I created a measure, the Developmental Partnerships Inventory. Results indicate the new measure demonstrates adequately reliability and validity (e.g., construct, convergent, and discriminant validity. This research proposed a theoretical process model of potential antecedents and outcomes of developmental partnerships. I proposed that partners’ trustworthiness, propensity to trust others, and individual authenticity shape the approach dyad members will take towards the relationship. The model also examined the potential for developmental partnerships to influence performance through positive psychological capital and thriving. Finally, I offer a discussion of the contributions of the process model presented in moving research on developmental relationships forward, and potential directions for future research. / Includes bibliography. / Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014. / FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
ContributorsDeptula, Bryan Joab (author), Williams, Ethlyn A. (Thesis advisor), Castro, Stephanie L. (Thesis advisor), Florida Atlantic University (Degree grantor), College of Business, Department of Management
PublisherFlorida Atlantic University
Source SetsFlorida Atlantic University
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation, Text
Format377 p., application/pdf
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