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Implementing The Studer Initiatives To Sustain Change: An Interpretive Case Study, Kari A. Matson Jan 2019

Implementing The Studer Initiatives To Sustain Change: An Interpretive Case Study, Kari A. Matson

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

This research focused on a very specific intervention strategy when working with change, the Studer Initiatives. The research had an interpretive design that focused on an internal perspective of the changes that occurred while implementing these initiatives. Three major categories evolved from this study of the experiences of 16 administrators, leaders, and staff at a healthcare organization that implemented the Studer Initiatives. The three categories were: Foundations of the system/change, primary factors to the selection of Studer, and the process of change to Studer. While this may not be applicable to other health care facilities, this study provides the ...


Examining Use Of Self-Competency In Undergraduate Students: Its Relationship To Interpersonal Communication And Soft Skill Development Essential For Future Employment, Nicole Marie Zwieg Daly Jan 2018

Examining Use Of Self-Competency In Undergraduate Students: Its Relationship To Interpersonal Communication And Soft Skill Development Essential For Future Employment, Nicole Marie Zwieg Daly

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

This mixed methods research study sought to measure Use of Self-competency in undergraduate students at a single university in Minnesota. First, the researcher developed the Use of Self Questionnaire (Use of Self Questionnaire) to measure an individual’s Use of Self-competency. Second, quantitative data was collected via Use of Self Questionnaire from 563 respondents and qualitative data was obtained via five individual interviews. Quantitative results and qualitative findings evidence a relatively high level of Use of Self-competency among the undergraduate population studied; high Use of Self-Competency theoretically leads to increased proficiency in soft skills, specifically interpersonal communication. Based on this ...


The Grand Challenge Of Preparing Od Scholar Practitioners For Grand Challenges, Lisa M. Meyer Jan 2018

The Grand Challenge Of Preparing Od Scholar Practitioners For Grand Challenges, Lisa M. Meyer

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

This doctoral dissertation investigates a set of problems in the field of organization development (OD) that I believe have become barriers to innovation in the field and to OD professionals doing more inspired work. These include the problem of exclusion, the problem of marginalization, the problem of integration and the problem of relevance. Using Weick’s (1989) concept of theorizing as disciplined imagination, I apply the methodologies of radical theorizing to imagine OD differently, to make novel interpretations of the work of Kurt Lewin, and to conceive of new approaches to OD practice. A conceptual framework that encompasses the diverse ...


Exploring The Relationship Of Modifiable Risk Factors Such As Diet, Cardiovascular Exercise, And Sleep To Health Care Employees' Perceived Self-Efficacy At Work, Kara M. Rebeck Jan 2018

Exploring The Relationship Of Modifiable Risk Factors Such As Diet, Cardiovascular Exercise, And Sleep To Health Care Employees' Perceived Self-Efficacy At Work, Kara M. Rebeck

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to explore if there is a relationship between the modifiable risk factors of diet, cardiovascular exercise, and sleep, and health care employees’ perceived self-efficacy at work. I used two research methods to gather data. I invited the Midwestern Hospital perioperative employees (N = 102) to answer two questionnaire forms on health behaviors and self-efficacy regarding their current health status. In each of the modifiable risk factor categories - nutrition, cardiovascular exercise and sleep pattern – the study participants reported on average, that it was “important” (M = 3.95 - 4.47) to eat healthy at work ...


Examining Use Of Self Competency In Undergraduate Students: Its Relationship To Interpersonal Communication And Soft Skill Development Essential For Future Employment, Nicole Marie Zwieg Daly Jan 2018

Examining Use Of Self Competency In Undergraduate Students: Its Relationship To Interpersonal Communication And Soft Skill Development Essential For Future Employment, Nicole Marie Zwieg Daly

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

This mixed methods research study sought to measure Use of Self-competency in undergraduate students at a single university in Minnesota. First, the researcher developed the Use of Self Questionnaire (Use of Self Questionnaire) to measure an individual’s Use of Self-competency. Second, quantitative data was collected via Use of Self Questionnaire from 563 respondents and qualitative data was obtained via five individual interviews. Quantitative results and qualitative findings evidence a relatively high level of Use of Self-competency among the undergraduate population studied; high Use of Self-Competency theoretically leads to increased proficiency in soft skills, specifically interpersonal communication. Based on this ...


Impacting Openness, Conscientiousness, And Creative Self-Efficacy Through Group Music Making: A Quasi-Experimental Collaborative Music Based Intervention Study, Steven R. Finckle Jan 2018

Impacting Openness, Conscientiousness, And Creative Self-Efficacy Through Group Music Making: A Quasi-Experimental Collaborative Music Based Intervention Study, Steven R. Finckle

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

This quantitative, quasi-experimental study of 44 undergraduate

entrepreneurship students employed a pre-post comparison group design to

examine whether music-based interventions could impact the Big Five

personality factors of Openness to Experience and its aspects of Intellect and

Openness, and Conscientiousness and its aspects of Industriousness and

Orderliness as well as Creative Self-Efficacy. The study further examined how

participants in the experimental group processed and made sense of their

experiences in the music-based interventions across three perspectives: Adult

Learning, Constructive Developmental, and Creativity theory.

Openness to Experiences, Conscientiousness, and Creative Self-Efficacy

were chosen as variables due to their relationship to creativity ...


The Role Of Intangible Assets In Decision Making By Funders Of Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations, Barbara J. Milon Jan 2017

The Role Of Intangible Assets In Decision Making By Funders Of Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations, Barbara J. Milon

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Intangible assets are very important and valuable elements of any organization. However, intangible assets are not measured by funders and are not specified by community-based nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits’ inability to asses and measure intangible assets impedes a funder’s ability to serve and impacts their decision making. Identification of intangible assets supports answering important questions about what a nonprofit brings to the table and can associate it with the value of the organization. Additionally, identification of intangible assets helps to demystify some of the considerations funders examine during the decision-making process.

The purpose of this dissertation research was to define ...


On Transition: An Interpretive Multi-Case Study About Workplace Experiences Of People Who Transition Gender During Employment, Charity L. Hovre Jan 2017

On Transition: An Interpretive Multi-Case Study About Workplace Experiences Of People Who Transition Gender During Employment, Charity L. Hovre

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

This case study research examined and described the experiences of individuals who identified as transgender and had initiated an obvious gender change during employment. Participants were those who had been in their workplace as one gender and during the course of employment made a noticeable change to another gender, for example an individual presenting as a man who became an individual who presented and identified as a woman. In addition, the participants selected for this study shared information about their sense of self and decision-making process to purposefully align their bodies to the gender they identified with in their minds ...


Diffusion Of Ideas And Knowledge: The Impact Of Student Project Work On Action And Change, James Edward Zacchini Jan 2017

Diffusion Of Ideas And Knowledge: The Impact Of Student Project Work On Action And Change, James Edward Zacchini

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

With the ongoing paradigm shift from an industrial era seeking the free flow of goods over permeable but significant physical borders, to that of a knowledge economy featuring global interconnectivity and an increasingly borderless electronic frontier, we find ourselves with an educational model designed to support the former bygone age. Global Competence (GC) offers a conceptual framework for the ability to thrive in an interconnected, and ambiguous world and is important topic not only in the field of education and within Organization Development (OD). The role global competence plays in impacting teacher learning and student engagement has taken on increased ...


Collaboration Of Organization Development And Project Management, Eric Thomas Pool Jan 2017

Collaboration Of Organization Development And Project Management, Eric Thomas Pool

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Projects across industries are failing at an alarming rate. The 2015 Project Management Institute Pulse study stated on average, only 64% of projects are successful (Pulse, 2015, p. 9). Because of these failures there has been an increasing need for more effective communications and greater efficiencies to increase project success rates. Finding organizations with these needs is the easy part; finding practices proven to positively impact these needs is the difficult part. Each of these fields, Organization Development (OD) and Project Management, employs processes and practices that, if shared, might increase success in both fields. To be clear, sharing these ...


Grounded In Practice: Authentic Transformational Leadership A Case Study Of Jennifer Semakula Musisi The First Executive Director Of Kampala Capital City Authority (Kcca) In Uganda, Noah M. Kafumbe Jan 2017

Grounded In Practice: Authentic Transformational Leadership A Case Study Of Jennifer Semakula Musisi The First Executive Director Of Kampala Capital City Authority (Kcca) In Uganda, Noah M. Kafumbe

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Addressing the development challenges in resource constrained countries like Uganda requires leaders in the public service sector with the resolve to challenge the status quo and ensure accountability and adequate service delivery to the citizens of these countries. However, the quality, capacity, abilities and, integrity of some leaders in Uganda’s public sector who are entrusted to steer and implement the necessary transformation and changes have been questioned over the years. This intrinsic case study explored the unique leadership approach of Jennifer Semakula Musisi the first executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) who has challenged the status quo ...


The Experience Of Practitioners Who Deliberately And Consciously Use Subtle Energies In Group Facilitation: A Phenomenological Study, Antoinette Pearson Jan 2016

The Experience Of Practitioners Who Deliberately And Consciously Use Subtle Energies In Group Facilitation: A Phenomenological Study, Antoinette Pearson

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

This phenomenological study examined the lived experience of people who deliberately and consciously used subtle energies in group facilitation. Participants were those who had completed energetics courses and earned certification in Energetics and Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas. In addition, the participants selected for this study also had experience in applying subtle energies in their work with groups of people. In-depth interviews were conducted and analyzed to find themes that showed the meaning of the experience for people who used subtle energies in their group facilitation. Through this study, three essential themes emerged: (a) Overcoming fears that ...


Diversity In An Organization: A Case Study Of How Diversity Is Addressed In A Multi-National Organization, Alexander A. Erolin Jan 2016

Diversity In An Organization: A Case Study Of How Diversity Is Addressed In A Multi-National Organization, Alexander A. Erolin

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Diversity discourse has revolved around the business case argument for having a heterogeneous workforce. As the argument goes, an organization with a diverse workforce performs better than one with homogenous employees. While the advantages of task-relevant diversity – education, experience, and functional expertise – is not being disputed, the link between bio-demographic diversity – race, ethnicity, culture, and gender – and superior group performance could not be consistently supported. This case study of a multi-national humanitarian organization demonstrates a situation in which bio-demographic diversity was employed to accomplish a specific business objective of gaining entry to new markets. However, the efficacy of such business ...


Work Experience Of Foreign Born Physicians In The United States: A Phenomenological Study, Marcella De La Torre Jan 2016

Work Experience Of Foreign Born Physicians In The United States: A Phenomenological Study, Marcella De La Torre

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

The purpose of this study was to understand the experience of foreign born physicians in the United States and to uncover the essence and deeper meaning of this experience. To that end, seven participants were interviewed in depth about their experience as foreign born physicians in the United States. All the interviews followed a natural progression in which all participants chose to start with their childhood and life in their countries of origin. They continue to progress slowly to the present time, and ended with future plans; regardless of their age.

The participants discussed in detailed how their experience was ...


What Skills And Competencies Do Executives Of Nonprofits Need To Succeed: An Interpretive Multiple Case Study, Duane A. Carter Jan 2016

What Skills And Competencies Do Executives Of Nonprofits Need To Succeed: An Interpretive Multiple Case Study, Duane A. Carter

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

In an era of slow economic growth, tight budgets, uncertainty, and change, it is important to identify the skills and competencies necessary for successful nonprofit executive leadership, which helps to lower operating costs, secure public and private funding, and meet financial and business performance measures. This study highlighted the complexity of skills and competencies that characterize effective nonprofit executive leaders. The interpretive multiple case study methodology allowed me to capture the skills, competencies, experiences, insights, and perspectives of 15 participants, representing five of the top 15 Minneapolis and St. Paul metro-area civic nonprofit organizations. The CEOs had from 6 to ...


Transitioning To A New Principal From The Teachers' Perspective: An Interpretive Case Study, Bruce Colglazier Pappas Jan 2016

Transitioning To A New Principal From The Teachers' Perspective: An Interpretive Case Study, Bruce Colglazier Pappas

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

The transition to a new principal in any school setting is an important time for both students and teachers because principals play a large part in shaping school culture. No research to date was found that focused on the teacher experience when a new principal is hired. This interpretive case study sought to understand the teacher experience during a principal transition and the teachers’ perceptions of the role that the principal played in the transition. The study site was Lincoln Elementary, a public elementary school located in Minnesota of the United States. Interviews were conducted from November 2014 to January ...


Women As Transformative Leaders In Higher Education: An Interpretive Multi-Case Study, Pamela L. Peterson Jan 2016

Women As Transformative Leaders In Higher Education: An Interpretive Multi-Case Study, Pamela L. Peterson

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Despite slow and steady progress of women gaining advanced positions of leadership, men persist in controlling the field of leadership opportunities in higher education. Given this disparity there was a need to raise questions about the perseverance of gender inequity within the highest ranks of academic leadership. More needed to be known about how transformative women leaders have identified, exposed, challenged, or outright defied male centric assumptions; leading to a better understanding of how high-achieving women leaders have assumed positions of elevated leadership in higher education. This interpretive case study explored how women made meaning out of their experiences and ...


Integrating The Arts Into Organization Development: Using Improvisational Theatre To Enhance Personal And Interpersonal Effectiveness At Work, David L. Olson Jan 2016

Integrating The Arts Into Organization Development: Using Improvisational Theatre To Enhance Personal And Interpersonal Effectiveness At Work, David L. Olson

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

The use of an experiential, arts-based curriculum that is centered around theatrical improvisation (or "improv"), when utilized for corporate employee training and development purposes, has the potential to have a transformational effect on individuals and organizations if planned and implemented in a thoughtful and purposeful manner. This interpretive case study explored the use of an improv-based training program for employee development purposes in order to understand the experiences of the study’s ten participants relative to the perceived impact and effectiveness of this training methodology, at both the individual and group levels. Five major themes arose from the findings, including ...


A Phenomenological Research Study About The Experience Of Leaders Who Have Led A Seam Intervention, Christina Teresa-Lee Baune Jan 2016

A Phenomenological Research Study About The Experience Of Leaders Who Have Led A Seam Intervention, Christina Teresa-Lee Baune

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

There is a lack of information in the field of change management and Organization Development about the experience of a leader who led a socio-economic (SEAM) intervention within one’s organization. The structured process, rigor, and dedication needed to execute a SEAM intervention is critical to a successful outcome within an organization. The leader plays a key role in the success of a SEAM intervention. The purpose of this research was to close the knowledge gap by understanding and describing the experience that leaders had when leading a SEAM intervention at their respective organizations using a phenomenological research methodology. Seven ...


Stressful Change In Higher Education: An Interpretive Case Study, Mary E. H. Paulson Jan 2016

Stressful Change In Higher Education: An Interpretive Case Study, Mary E. H. Paulson

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Higher education institutions have distinct features within them, and are increasingly faced with external forces that require adaptation and change. The circumstances surrounding the change may impact how change may be experienced as loss, stress or trauma. While the experience of change for an individual may be subjective, common themes may develop within an organization. This study explored the experience with difficult change at a private university in Ukraine, and the change process as described by faculty and staff. The primary source of data was obtained from interviews with fifteen faculty and staff members, including individuals serving in leadership positions ...


What Are You Really Saying? A Grounded Theory Study Of How Leaders Communicate Strategic Goals, Toccara C. Stark Jan 2016

What Are You Really Saying? A Grounded Theory Study Of How Leaders Communicate Strategic Goals, Toccara C. Stark

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Leaders constantly face the need to engage employees in the strategic direction of their organizations in order to achieve organizational goals. A core element of engaging employees involves being able to communicate strategic goals to the employees so they understand, support, and can act upon these goals. However, communicating strategic goals often falls short of these objectives. Instead, communications that convey these goals are not understood or do not seem relevant, which results in employees being disconnected, uninformed, and disengaged. Leaders often feel frustrated and confused as to why their efforts to communicate strategic goals are not effective, and they ...


Rise And Fall Of An Information Technology Outsourcing Program: A Qualitative Analysis Of A Troubled Corporate Initiative, David A. Johanek Apr 2015

Rise And Fall Of An Information Technology Outsourcing Program: A Qualitative Analysis Of A Troubled Corporate Initiative, David A. Johanek

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

Information technology outsourcing (ITO) is a common business practice and a widely studied topic in academic literature. However, far less attention is paid to the implications and social dynamics of executives’ pursuit of personal career achievement through the implementation of ITO programs. Focused mainly on gaining organizational power for career advancement and accomplishment, executives can create unintended consequences for their employees, their suppliers, their company, their shareholders, and their own careers.

This research focused on a large information technology outsourcing program from its inception to early implementation at a single Fortune 1000 firm. The time span covered was just over ...


Sex Sells: How Advertising Agencies' Commodification Of Image Affects Older Women In Advertising, Diane Fittipaldi Apr 2015

Sex Sells: How Advertising Agencies' Commodification Of Image Affects Older Women In Advertising, Diane Fittipaldi

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

The purpose of this study was to understand how advertising agency culture affects the long-term careers of women account executives as they age. The primary research questions were: 1) How do self-image and cultural stereotypes affect the decision to enter the advertising business; 2) How do women navigate the male-dominated culture of the ad agency; 3) What strategies do women use to get ahead in advertising; 4) How do women survive long term in a culture that favors youth? Qualitative data was collected via unstructured, one-on-one, in-depth interviews with a nationally sourced sample 15 female advertising account executives aged 40 ...


Understanding Pay: Perceptions, Communication And Impact In For-Profit Organizations, Nancy Diekmann Apr 2015

Understanding Pay: Perceptions, Communication And Impact In For-Profit Organizations, Nancy Diekmann

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

This qualitative case study investigated pay perceptions and compensation communication in for-profit companies in the Midwestern United States. The purpose of this study was to explore how pay-related communication can be improved to benefit employees and their organizations. Labor costs are the primary expense of most organizations. The ability to optimize compensation strategies to attract and retain a high-performing workforce is vital to organizational success.

Interviews were conducted with 15 Millennial generation employees to capture what they know about compensation and learn what would increase their pay satisfaction. Employees articulated how they think about pay, what pay means to them ...


A New Game: Shifting The Leadership Culture To Close The Gender Gap In Corporate America, Deborah F. Koland Apr 2015

A New Game: Shifting The Leadership Culture To Close The Gender Gap In Corporate America, Deborah F. Koland

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

This research sought to answer the questions, “Why does the leadership gender gap persist in Corporate America? How does the corporation bring gender parity to the executive suite sooner than 70 years from now” (Catalyst, 2005)? The Fortune 500 (i.e., the largest publically held companies in the United States in terms of revenue) represented the data pool for this qualitative grounded theory study. Data gathering took place through in-depth interviews held with 22 women leaders (i.e., director, vice president, senior vice president, executive vice president, president, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer levels). Because only women understand ...


The Institutional Response To The Unexpected Death Of An Undergraduate Student In A Private, Faith-Based College: An Interpretive Case Study, Karen M. Lange Jan 2015

The Institutional Response To The Unexpected Death Of An Undergraduate Student In A Private, Faith-Based College: An Interpretive Case Study, Karen M. Lange

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

A student death on a college or university campus has far-reaching effects on the campus community. Not only does the death impact the family of the student, but also the friends, roommates, professors, and staff who knew the student. Many institutions of higher education have developed protocols and processes for responding to a student death. The response efforts may include the immediate attention to the death itself and also a response to the emotional impact a student death has on the campus. In addition to he immediate response, some colleges and universities have established scholarships, awards, and memorials in remembrance ...


Key Factors For Physician Recruitment And Retention In Rural Hospitals, Dean Bradley Eide Jan 2015

Key Factors For Physician Recruitment And Retention In Rural Hospitals, Dean Bradley Eide

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Physician recruitment and retention in rural hospitals had been a long-standing problem in the United States. Without adequate physician support in rural communities, healthcare for the people who live in the communities suffers; therefore, this researcher developed his theory and examined whether the key factors to recruit and retain physicians to critical access hospitals (CAHs) in rural Wisconsin would be supported through multiple case study. The researcher believed that the 10 key factors in physician recruitment and retention in CAHs are (a) having enough meaningful work for the physician, (b) having access to larger hospitals while practicing in rural health-care ...


Living With Purpose In Retirement: An Interpretive Multi-Case Study, Joseph P. Zandlo Jan 2015

Living With Purpose In Retirement: An Interpretive Multi-Case Study, Joseph P. Zandlo

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

What gets a person out of bed in the morning? Do people look forward to going to work, interacting with others, or spending time on activities and interests they enjoy? What happens when a person retires and the structure of their day completely changes? These questions guided my interpretive multi-case study, which was seeking to understand the experience of people, in or near retirement, who had taken a "purpose in life" identifying workshop. Interviews were conducted with sixteen participants who experienced the one day Purpose Project Workshop administered by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. Study ...


Personality And Trust: A Qualitative Study On The Personality Styles/Traits Of Leaders And Employees And The Impact On Culture Of Trust Within Organizations, Robert T. Sicora Jan 2015

Personality And Trust: A Qualitative Study On The Personality Styles/Traits Of Leaders And Employees And The Impact On Culture Of Trust Within Organizations, Robert T. Sicora

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

Trust among coworkers and workplace leaders are related to key outcomes such as helping behavior, relationship building, and team effectiveness. The personality style of the individuals who must trust each other is an integral part of developing that trust. This study examines the relationship among three trust constructs (trust, trustworthiness, and propensity to trust) and two personality scales (Big Five and Insights). Approximately 900 individuals from 18 different U.S. organizations participated in this research. These analyses examined the relationship between personality and trust in both managers and direct reports and reviewed personality styles as an antecedent of trust between ...


The Intertwining Of Workplace Conflict And Home Life: An Interpretive Multicase Study, Arthur C. Howard Iii Jan 2015

The Intertwining Of Workplace Conflict And Home Life: An Interpretive Multicase Study, Arthur C. Howard Iii

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development

How do negative workplace conflicts and home life intertwine? What happens when negative workplace conflict affects an employee’s home life? This was an interpretive multicase study seeking to understand how negative workplace conflict experienced by workers intertwines with their home lives. Study participants experienced negative impacts to their home lives that affected their well-being and the well-being of their families. Participants were individually interviewed and asked to discuss a negative workplace conflict that they experienced within the last year. We then discussed the impacts of that negative workplace conflict on them and on their home lives. To gain further ...