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Self-Leadership To Servant Leadership: A Metatheoretical Antecedent To Positive Social, Allen Lloyd Carn Jan 2019

Self-Leadership To Servant Leadership: A Metatheoretical Antecedent To Positive Social, Allen Lloyd Carn

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A majority of current leadership programs are failing to deliver a comprehensive approach to leadership development by not providing middle and frontline managers the skills to enhance their potential to develop others. In failing to generate a comprehensive system, animosity towards all types of leadership has been festering for over 40 years as first identified by Greenleaf in 1977. The purpose of the study was to establish a link between the theoretical paradigms of servant leadership and self-leadership using the lens of emotional intelligence to generate an integral leadership development framework. The conceptual framework used Goleman et al.'s version ...


Recognizing And Anticipating Stress Related Complacent Behavior In Manufacturing Industries, Ricardo Alberto Pineda Jan 2019

Recognizing And Anticipating Stress Related Complacent Behavior In Manufacturing Industries, Ricardo Alberto Pineda

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Numerous safety studies suggest that stress complacency related accidents in manufacturing industries continue to cause injuries or fatalities because of the absence of emotional resources for leaders, who are unable to prevent accidents when these conditions exist. Leaders of the manufactory industries may not have the appropriate emotional measures which are significant to recognize employees' underlying complacent behavior. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to evaluate the relationship between leaders' emotional intelligence resources and their ability to manage to prevent injuries and fatalities in the workplace. The research questions address key traits of emotional intelligence regarding emotional perceptions ...


Frontline Managers' Perceptions And Lived Experiences In The Execution Of Diversity Management Programs, James O. Rodgers Jan 2019

Frontline Managers' Perceptions And Lived Experiences In The Execution Of Diversity Management Programs, James O. Rodgers

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For over 30 years, organizations have engaged in programs to address the growing presence of diverse populations in their ranks, and researchers have attempted to identify and quantify a link between diversity and enterprise performance. The problem was a lack of understanding of how organizations benefit from increased diversity and the role of frontline managers in that process. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to address the research question aimed at the perceptions and lived experiences of frontline managers and to gain insights about how they are navigating the challenges of increased diversity to enhance their ability to produce ...


Training Program Effectiveness In Building Workforce Agility And Resilience, Olya Taran Jan 2019

Training Program Effectiveness In Building Workforce Agility And Resilience, Olya Taran

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Decades of qualitative case studies suggest that organizations must be able to deal with change effectively to compete and survive. Many researchers have linked higher workforce levels of agility and resilience to organizations' abilities to deal with change more successfully; however, there is a scarcity of empirical research addressing the efficacy of agility and resilience development in the workplace. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively examine the development of workforce resilience and agility, as measured by FIT for Change assessment. The theory of planned behavior was the study's theoretical framework, theorizing that changing attitudes and beliefs about ...


The Challenges Of Virtual Leadership Affecting Project Delivery In The Public Sector, Verna-Kay Smith Jan 2019

The Challenges Of Virtual Leadership Affecting Project Delivery In The Public Sector, Verna-Kay Smith

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Leaders of the U.S. government and U.S. organizations continue to seek information to mitigate risk and improve project deliverables in virtual environments. The problem addressed in this study was the rapid growth of technology in virtual workplaces that causes organizational leaders to concentrate on infrastructure and technology. The purpose of the exploratory case study was to understand the challenges virtual leaders encounter in the government environment that affect project delivery. The research questions were designed to examine the challenges virtual team leaders encounter while maintaining their roles and responsibilities to complete a project successfully in a timely manner ...


Public Sector Fire Chiefs' Strategies For Employee Succession Planning, Vernon L. Easley Jan 2019

Public Sector Fire Chiefs' Strategies For Employee Succession Planning, Vernon L. Easley

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More than 21% of public sector fire chiefs lack effective succession plans for employees, and 45% of fire chiefs do not provide adequate succession plans. Grounded by Burns's transformational leadership theory, the purpose of this multiple case study was to explore successful strategies that 2 fire chiefs from 2 firehouses in the southern United States used to improve succession planning for employees. Data were collected through semistructured interviews and review of organizational standard operating procedures. Data were analyzed using Yin's 5-step approach, which included: compiling data, disassembling data, reassembling data, interpreting data, and concluding data. The 3 themes ...


Involving Patient/Family Advisors And Advisory Councils With Patient And Family Engagement, Cortney D. Forward Jan 2019

Involving Patient/Family Advisors And Advisory Councils With Patient And Family Engagement, Cortney D. Forward

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Health care consumers are under-represented in literature when defining patient and family engagement. The proportion of people living longer is rapidly growing. Future research is needed to evaluate which strategies of patient and family engagement are most useful in real-world health care settings for patient and families. The purpose of this study was to describe the lived experiences of patient/family advisors working within patient family advisory councils at an academic medical center in the Midwestern United States. The conceptual framework is based on Greenleaf's servant leadership and Bass's transformational leadership. The research questions examined how patient/family ...


Strategies To Diversify Funding Sources In Nonprofit Organizations, Alan Lee Gunnerson Jan 2019

Strategies To Diversify Funding Sources In Nonprofit Organizations, Alan Lee Gunnerson

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Although nonprofit organization (NPO) leaders play crucial roles in society, financial distress and vulnerability are common for many NPO leaders, with some NPOs closing as a result of these conditions. The purpose of this single-case study was to explore the diversification strategies used by 10 leaders and senior staff of an NPO in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States through the conceptual lens of Markowitz's modern portfolio theory. Data were collected through in-depth semistructured interviews and analysis of organizational documents, internal archival data, social media, literature, and online databases. Through thematic analysis, 7 revenue diversification themes emerged: adding ...


Work Engagement, Job Satisfaction, And Nurse Turnover Intention, Yolanda Marie Edwards-Dandridge Jan 2019

Work Engagement, Job Satisfaction, And Nurse Turnover Intention, Yolanda Marie Edwards-Dandridge

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In the United States, the high turnover rate of registered nurses and indications of a future shortage of registered nurses is detrimental to healthcare organizations. The purpose of this correlational study was to examine whether, in hospitals, work engagement and job satisfaction predicted registered nurse turnover intention. The theoretical framework was Fishbein and Ajzen's theory of reasoned action. Probability sampling was used to identify 155 participants, all full-time registered nurses with 2 or more years of employment in New York hospitals. Data, obtained from surveys, were analyzed via multiple linear regression. The results revealed that only job satisfaction predicted ...


Internal Control Strategies For Compliance With The Sarbanes-Oxley Act Of 2002, Grant J. Lee Jan 2019

Internal Control Strategies For Compliance With The Sarbanes-Oxley Act Of 2002, Grant J. Lee

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Publicly traded corporations have dedicated time and money to adhering to the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002; however, some companies face challenges in internal control compliance with SOX. Using the transformational leadership theory as the conceptual framework, the purpose of this multiple case study was to explore the strategies chief financial officers (CFOs) used to comply with corporate financial internal control policies. Data were collected using face-to-face, semistructured interviews with 3 CFOs of publicly traded manufacturing companies in Michigan and a review of documents. The selection criteria for participants included CFOs who have experience in SOX implementation ...


Leaders' Perceptions Of The Sexual Misconduct Reporting System In The Military, Catherine Elaine Mincey Jan 2019

Leaders' Perceptions Of The Sexual Misconduct Reporting System In The Military, Catherine Elaine Mincey

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There is an unwarranted number of men and women that experience an unwanted sexual contact occurrence while on active duty, that is not reported through the military's sexual harassment or sexual assault system channels. A reporting system that is cumbersome and ineffective may hinder a leader's perception in implementing effective sexual harassment and sexual assault policies and procedures. The purpose of this descriptive multiple case study was to explore the ways a reporting system influenced the decision making processes of leaders and the importance of a fluent information flow through communication channels regarding the reporting system for sexual ...


Senior-Level African American Women, Underrepresentation, And Career Decision-Making, Marquita Barron Jan 2019

Senior-Level African American Women, Underrepresentation, And Career Decision-Making, Marquita Barron

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In 2015, 0.2% of African American women were in chief executive officer (CEO) roles and 1.2% were in executive or senior-level roles within a 500 Standard & Poor's (S&P) organization. African American women's lived experiences are underutilized by organizational and human resources (HR) leaders in the development and implementation of recruitment, talent development, diversity and inclusion, and succession planning strategies. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand lived experiences regarding career advancement decision-making strategies for senior-level African American women. The conceptual framework used was social cognitive career theory (SCCT), which addresses the â ...


Relationship Between Transformational Leadership And Perceived Meaning In Work, Denise Jones Jan 2019

Relationship Between Transformational Leadership And Perceived Meaning In Work, Denise Jones

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Researchers have conducted correlational studies on transformational leadership and perceived meaning in work; however, researchers have not used an experimental design to examine the relationship between transformational leadership and perceived meaning in work. The purpose of this study was to determine whether reading information on transformational leadership, which focused on charisma and individualized consideration, influenced participants' hypothetical judgment of perceived meaning in work. The quantitative study included a 2 x 2 between-subjects design in which information on the independent variables of charisma and individualized consideration was manipulated in a description of a hypothetical leader. The dependent variable was the hypothetical ...


Surgical Perioperative Leadership: The Association Between Leadership Style And Team Job Satisfaction, Corey Louise Jamison Jan 2019

Surgical Perioperative Leadership: The Association Between Leadership Style And Team Job Satisfaction, Corey Louise Jamison

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The perioperative operating room (OR) is a highly complex, fast-paced environment where countless transactions must be executed with efficiency, speed, and accuracy, and where mistakes of any kind could lead to adverse patient outcome, injury, or death. The surgeon, as leader of the procedure and the OR team, sets the overall climate of the OR and determines how willing (or unwilling) team members are to speak up about potential errors or unsafe patient conditions. This exploration of the relationship between perioperative surgeon leadership style and OR team member job satisfaction fills a gap unaddressed in the literature using items ...


Strategies To Reduce Risks Associated With Corporate Social Responsibility Lending, Victor Johnson Jan 2019

Strategies To Reduce Risks Associated With Corporate Social Responsibility Lending, Victor Johnson

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Bank managers have transacted six trillion dollars of new loans in low and moderate income (LMI) communities because of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) mandate. CRA originated mortgages accounted for over 42% of the defaulted loans because of limited risk strategies. Based on the Aguilera conceptual framework, the purpose of this exploratory single case study was to explore the strategies CSR bank managers used to reduce the risks associated with lending in LMI communities. Data were collected and analyzed from semistructured interviews of five bank managers working in one financial organization located within the U.S. Northeast. Data also included ...


Implementation Strategies For Change Initiatives, Justin Legrand Jones Jan 2019

Implementation Strategies For Change Initiatives, Justin Legrand Jones

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Many change initiatives fail because business leaders often lack the strategies for successful implementation. The inability of business leaders to successfully implement change initiatives can result in missing deadlines, increasing costs, and reduced employee productivity and morale. Grounded by Lewin's change management model and Kotter's 8-step change model, the purpose of this multiple case study was to explore strategies aerospace manufacturing managers in the Midwest Region of the United States used to implement successful change initiatives. Data were collected through face-to-face semistructured interviews with 3 aerospace manufacturing managers and a review of company documents. Data were analyzed using ...


Understanding Coping Strategies And Behaviors Of Employees Affected By Toxic Leadership, Jerry A. Morris, Jr. Jan 2019

Understanding Coping Strategies And Behaviors Of Employees Affected By Toxic Leadership, Jerry A. Morris, Jr.

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Toxic leaders affect nearly half of the U.S. employee base and create environments in which followers, peers, and staff might be less effective due to stress, devaluation, and potential job loss. A multiple case study approach was used to understand what coping strategies employees use to reduce the negative effects of toxic leadership on themselves, other employees, and the overall workplace; and to understand the behaviors that result from these strategies. The purposeful and snowball sample consisted of 29 participants within the United States, ages 30 to 65, who worked within two or more organizations and who either directly ...


Strategies For Using Information And Communication Technologies To Improve Profitability, Rodney Mciver Jan 2019

Strategies For Using Information And Communication Technologies To Improve Profitability, Rodney Mciver

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Small business owners in a range of industries continually adapt to take advantage of technological developments in accounting, marketing, and communication. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore strategies that small business owners operating in the central region of North Carolina used to implement information and communication technology (ICT). Roger's diffusion of innovation theory grounded the study. Data collection included face-to-face semistructured interviews with 6 owners of small businesses who successfully implemented ICT, field notes from site observations, and reviews of participant websites. Interviews were transcribed and participants were engaged in member checking. Data were analyzed ...


Employing Persons With Disabilities In Madagascar, Lila Hanitra Ratsifandrihamanana Jan 2019

Employing Persons With Disabilities In Madagascar, Lila Hanitra Ratsifandrihamanana

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In Madagascar, the barriers to persons with disabilities' employability are multifaceted and relate to accessibility, funding, attitudes, and policies. Managers lack knowledge on disability and still perceive disabled persons as incompetent and associate them with costly accommodation needs. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the management strategies and leadership styles that managers could use to enhance the employability chances of persons with disabilities. The conceptual framework featured the concepts of empowerment, employability, disability identity, and relevant transformational leadership theories. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 28 managers in private companies, institutions, cooperatives, and organizations in 3 regions ...


The Effect Of Workplace Characteristics On Millennial Worker Organizational Commitment, Karen Elizabeth Heizman Jan 2019

The Effect Of Workplace Characteristics On Millennial Worker Organizational Commitment, Karen Elizabeth Heizman

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Existing research on the Millennial generation has focused on identifying the workplace attributions and stereotypes between generations, and the relationship between those attributions and stereotypes, as related to organizational commitment. However, research has not addressed which workplace characteristics influence organizational commitment of the Millennial generation. Herzberg's 2-factor theory was used to investigate the relationship between workplace characteristics and organizational commitment of the Millennial generation. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine whether workplace characteristics influence organizational commitment in the Millennial generation. This quantitative study used the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire and the Organizational Commitment Questionnaire. A convenience sample ...


Strategies For Improving Profitability Through Effective Internal Controls, Melissa M. Washington Jan 2018

Strategies For Improving Profitability Through Effective Internal Controls, Melissa M. Washington

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Between 2007 and 2009, the United States experienced a financial crisis. Many businesses experienced difficulties obtaining funds for projects and working capital due to the great recession. As a result, many business owners filed for bankruptcy. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore strategies that some small business owners in the construction industry used when implementing internal control processes to improve profits. The study population entailed 6 individuals in the southeast region of the United States who successfully implemented internal control processes to improve profits. The data collected were from face-to-face interviews, analysis of company documents, and ...


Career Challenges Faced By Professional Black Women In Sweden, Herta Boakye-Yiadom Dahl Jan 2018

Career Challenges Faced By Professional Black Women In Sweden, Herta Boakye-Yiadom Dahl

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Academically and professionally qualified Black women who immigrated to Sweden from the United States and the continent of Africa encounter barriers that may hinder their career opportunities. The unstable labor market position of foreigners required efforts by the Swedish government to address the problem. Little is known about the unique and specific challenges that qualified Black immigrant women experience when integrating into the Swedish labor market with foreign qualifications and professional experience. Guided by Durkheim's social integration theory, the purpose of this phenomenological study was to evaluate the lived experiences of Black immigrant women as they integrated into the ...


Traits And Management Strategies Attributed To The Success Of Virtual-Team Leaders, Roderick A. Haley Jan 2018

Traits And Management Strategies Attributed To The Success Of Virtual-Team Leaders, Roderick A. Haley

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Abstract

The rapid advances in technology and the globalization of the economy have led corporate leaders to invest heavily in virtual teams to increase their global coverage. The problem in this phenomenological study was that many organizational leaders do not understand the extent to which they need to manage virtual teams differently from traditional, face-to-face teams. This is significant, because due to geographical differences and possibly cultural differences, virtual teams require various modes of communication. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the lived experiences of effective virtual-team leaders and the operational strategies employed to lead them ...


Small Business Sustainability Strategies, Wayne A. Fillingim Jan 2018

Small Business Sustainability Strategies, Wayne A. Fillingim

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Small businesses provide 48% of private-sector jobs in the United States and play a vital role in the country's economic growth and development. Only half of U.S. small businesses survive for longer than 5 years. The purpose of this qualitative multiple-case study was to explore sustainability strategies managers of small oilfield service companies used to sustain their business for longer than 5 years. Data were collected from semistructured interviews with 10 managersâ??one manager from each of 10 different oilfield service companies located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and from review of publicly available ...


Crop Insurance Strategies For Mitigating Net Underwriting Losses, Kennedy K. Kitur Jan 2018

Crop Insurance Strategies For Mitigating Net Underwriting Losses, Kennedy K. Kitur

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Crop insurance is an essential risk management tool for America's agricultural producers because a single crop failure or disastrous year can eliminate the results of multiple years of profitability. Crop insurance is designed to provide financial protection to farmers; however, insurance managers who lack managerial underwriting strategies disrupt companies to the point of financial distress. Self-insurance and self-protection theory were the conceptual frameworks for this single-case study to explore successful strategies that insurance managers used to mitigate net underwriting losses. Four insurance and senior strategic managers from an insurance company in the midwestern United States were recruited through a ...


Exploiting Synergies To Leverage Operational Performance And Efficiency With Collaborative Business Strategies, Victor Oluwi Jan 2018

Exploiting Synergies To Leverage Operational Performance And Efficiency With Collaborative Business Strategies, Victor Oluwi

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Resource and knowledge recombination activities of manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers have evolved with the advent of globalization and increased market complexities. Such changes in resource and knowledge recombination activities have enabled and advanced the relevance of well-forged and properly implemented collaborative partnerships. Collaborative partnerships are credible alternatives in the provision of goods and services. The participants in this multiple case study design were 12 senior business managers from three oil, gas, and energy companies in a metropolitan area in a western province of Canada. Participants revealed the strategies they used to forge profitable collaborative business partnerships. The resource-based view ...


Strategies For Selecting And Individualizing Training For Employee Positioning, Reba Michelle Royster Jan 2018

Strategies For Selecting And Individualizing Training For Employee Positioning, Reba Michelle Royster

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Lack of effective selection and training of employees for positioning within a business can have extensive financial repercussions. Fostering mentoring relationships between leaders and employees increases competitive advantage and institutional financial growth. However, there is limited research that supports the role of mentoring leadership styles for improving organizational productivity. The purpose of this single case study was to explore strategies used by business managers to select and individually train employees for opportunities within the organization to achieve job-person fit. The sample included 5 business managers employed within a medium-sized organization in a consultation firm in the mid-Atlantic region of the ...


The Survival Of Healthcare In Rural Texas, Destin Cook Jan 2018

The Survival Of Healthcare In Rural Texas, Destin Cook

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Over 80 rural hospitals have closed in the United States since 2010, representing about half of all hospital closures during this period, and another 600-700 rural hospitals are at risk of closing shortly. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory multiple case study, which was based on transformational leadership and diffusion of innovation theories, was to gain a common understanding of financial problems and operational inefficiencies that may be impacting rural hospital leaders in the state of Texas. Data collection involved semi-structured interviews with 4 senior healthcare leaders from 3 separate regions in Texas. Data analysis included compiling, sorting, fragmenting, and ...


Strategies Small Business Salon Owners Use To Survive Longer Than 5 Years, Delita Netrice Johnson Jan 2018

Strategies Small Business Salon Owners Use To Survive Longer Than 5 Years, Delita Netrice Johnson

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Small business owners are the primary initiators of innovation and economic growth but fail at high rates. Fifty percent of small businesses fail within the first 5 years of operations. Through the lens of systems theory, the purpose of this multiple case study was to explore the strategies some small salon business owners use to remain in business for longer than 5 years. Using purposeful sampling, the 7 owners of small salon business owners in the southeastern United States were selected based upon evidence of their strategies to sustain their businesses for longer than 5 years. Data were collected through ...


Characteristics Of Stocks And Individual Investor Herd Behavior: A Causal-Comparative Study, Tze Sun Wong Jan 2018

Characteristics Of Stocks And Individual Investor Herd Behavior: A Causal-Comparative Study, Tze Sun Wong

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Some individual investors follow institutional investors in trading, a phenomenon called herding, that leads to excess market volatility and mispriced stocks. Individual investors who herded suffered from inferior investment performances and monetary losses, and the impact is broader in an individual investor dominant market such as Taiwan. Behavioral finance is the theoretical base of herd behavior. The purpose of this causal-comparative study was to examine individual investor herd behavior as related to characteristics of stocks in the Taiwan stock market. The research questions addressed what differences in individual investor herd behavior, if any, existed by market capitalization, price-to-book (P/B ...