Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Randall Rose
Examination of workplace friendship development is currently an important emerging research area. This study investigated the factors and communication changes that impacted workplace friendship development in an information technology organization. Additionally, the level to which relationship partners agreed about the factors and communication changes their relationship had experienced was also examined. Findings suggested proximity, shared tasks, perceived similarity, and increased openness were important in early friendship development. Further sharingof personal information, such as life experiences and spending time together outside of work, brought friends even closer. Increased closeness over time lead relationship partners to be considered almost best friends. The reported level of agreement regarding the communication changes that impacted relationships was not as high as the levels of agreement for the factors that impacted relationships.
Fristoe, Courtney E., "The Ties That Bind: Friendship Development in an Information Technology Work Environment" (2000). Student Work. 1895.