Date of Graduation

Spring 2019


Master of Arts in Writing



Committee Chair

Rhonda Stanton


workplace collaboration, social collaboration, collaborative communication, teamwork, mutuality in collaboration, appreciation in the workplace

Subject Categories

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Business and Corporate Communications | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Organizational Communication


Workplace collaboration has been the subject of much research and writing. Social collaboration can help inform our understanding of how people prefer to work together and should be studied for its aspects that could be transferred to the professional sphere. This research examines how members in social hobby groups collaborate with each other and what aspects of that collaboration can be applied to the workplace. I observed and surveyed five local hobby groups to better understand how the members worked together and what made this type of socializing appealing to members. One of the primary aspects of this social collaboration is a feeling of belonging in a social sphere. This can be brought into the professional sphere by allotting more time for employees to socialize in non-work capacities and through business leaders promoting a positive working atmosphere.


© Emily M. McCormick

Open Access