Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

Document Type




First Advisor

Dr. Michael Haffey


In this study, I described and analyzed the competing hierarchical structures within a college radio station. The station has two formalized, vertical positions and a horizontal hierarchy of managers, making the structure similar to an “upside-down T.” I interviewed and observed all but three of the managers in the radio station over a threemonth period. Despite the upper managers’ desire to formalize the radio station hierarchy, the station maintains a mix of a formal and informal hierarchy where all the managers feel like they are equal to one another except for the General Manager and Operations Manager. I argue that the main reasons for the arrangement include proximity and size, which leads to friendships, and a lack of prior enforcement of a formalized structure.