Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Wayne Wheeler

Second Advisor

Dr. Andris Skreija


For over two years, the author of this paper was employed in a particular hospital during which time he carried, successively, three different job titles in two different departments. The first job was that of receiving/stock clerk in the purchasing department and the last position was as assistant food buyer in the dietary department. During this period his compensation came from the hospital, but during his being in the dietary department, he worked first-for the hospital and during the final ten months for a national food service management corporation which had been contracted by the hospital to operate the dietary department. The food service replaced the dietary department head with a unit manager. The former department head, identified in this paper as F, served as assistant to the unit manager for slightly over a year before resigning. This unit manager was given the title of department head about two months after the managerial change. The food service created two other new positions in the department, food production manager and unit clerk. The food production manager was an employee of the food service company and was largely responsible for assuring a profitable cost income ratio. This writer served as his assistant. The unit clerk position was filled by a person employed in the department prior to the arrival of the management company and was responsible for bookkeeping.


A T hesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright David Abrams April, 1975

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