Type of Document Dissertation Author Welleford, Paul B. M.S. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-32298-8418 Title Leadership in A Community-Based, Nonprofit Organization: Total Action Against Poverty Roanoke, Virginia Degree PhD Department Public Administration and Public Affairs Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Dudley, Larkin S. Committee Chair Dale, Robert Committee Member Shareef, Reginald A. T. Committee Member Wamsley, Gary L. Committee Member Wolf, James F. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1998-04-02 Availability unrestricted AbstractAlthough there is an inexhaustible interest in leadership,
research continues to escalate. One arena of study which
has been neglected is leadership in the nonprofit sector.
The intent of this dissertation is to see how the leader
influences the effectiveness of his organization. Also,
organizational culture and socialization will be examined
to see if these elements are at the disposal of the leader
of this community-based, nonprofit organization to enhance
organizational effectiveness. The site for this study is
the community-based, nonprofit organization known as Total
Action Against Poverty of Roanoke, Virginia (TAP), a
Community Action Agency.
The Executive Director's role is examined to see how his
leadership maintains and enhances this effective nonprofit
organization. Whether his leadership nurtures a synergy
among the leaders via his influence upon the organizational
culture and socialization processes is of particular
interest to this study. The question is whether there can
be found any conscious recognition of a specific or unified
organizational culture and process of socialization, and
further, whether there is any evidence that either is
intentionally influenced by the leadership.
The research design follows the case study methodology.
Archival records are reviewed, and qualitative data are
gathered from interviews with TAP leadership personnel and
individuals who volunteer their services to the
organization. The interview questions relate to:
leadership influence, the organizational culture and
Other related data used for further documentation are
promotional publications written by the organization's
staff and local newspaper articles about the organization.
Speeches and writings by the core leaders of TAP are also
reviewed. These data provide a vital resource of comparison
among the primary actors of the TAP organization, For
analysis of data, the computer software program,
WordCruncher, is used.
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