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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 ...


Discipleship Formation In The African Methodist Episcopal Church In The 21st Century, Janet Johnson Apr 2015

Discipleship Formation In The African Methodist Episcopal Church In The 21st Century, Janet Johnson

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This qualitative case study sought to discover if the African Methodist Episcopal Church is intentional in the discipleship formation of its members. My study examined five African Methodist Episcopal Churches in the Midwest and included 60 clergy and non-clergy participants. I conducted one-on-one interviews with the clergy and I held focus groups of seven to ten participants with the non-clergy. Also as part of the study, I observed weekly worship services, adult Sunday school classes, and mid-week Bible studies at each of the five churches. The major findings revealed discipleship formation is not a one-time event, but a journey with ...


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

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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 ...


Reconceptualizing Leadership Through The Prism Of The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A Grounded Theory Case Study On Ella Baker, Edna R. Comedy Apr 2015

Reconceptualizing Leadership Through The Prism Of The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A Grounded Theory Case Study On Ella Baker, Edna R. Comedy

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Guiding this research inquiry was a constructivist grounded theory case study—though interspersed throughout are various framing characteristics of a biographical study and oral history. Neither a biographical study nor oral history would have been an appropriate research method for achieving the purpose of this study. The purpose of this study was to reconceptualize the leadership of Ella Baker during the modern Civil Rights Movement, to develop a leadership framework in which her community and political activism naturally fits, and to place her leadership style in a broader framework of research. Using a purposeful sampling and criterion-based selection strategy, this ...


A Case Study Of Parental Experiences And Engagement In The Individual Educational Plan (Iep) Conference, Kevin Witherspoon Apr 2015

A Case Study Of Parental Experiences And Engagement In The Individual Educational Plan (Iep) Conference, Kevin Witherspoon

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 requires parental participation at the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) conference. This qualitative, case study examined the experiences of parents during the IEP conference to identify factors influencing collaboration between parents and school personnel. Fourteen parents described their experiences and emotions as they became involved in the special education process. Parents described their feelings at the time of their child’s referral to special education services, their participation in the IEP conference, and their impressions and expectations after the IEP conference. This study identified parental experiences in three stages: initial, intermediate, and final ...


Caught In The Middle: Understanding The Experiences Of Men Elementary School Teachers, Nate J. Schurman Apr 2015

Caught In The Middle: Understanding The Experiences Of Men Elementary School Teachers, Nate J. Schurman

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“How do men express and make meaning of their experiences in an elementary school setting?” Gender, sex role theory, and tokenism provided the foundation for understanding how male elementary teachers express and make meaning of their work experience. Male elementary school teachers from two Eastern Minnesota school districts, and one Western Wisconsin school district, participated in phenomenological research that included personal interviews, and focus group interviews. Participants described their lived experiences through these interviews, guided by a loose framework of open-ended interview questions. Demographics included fourteen licensed elementary teachers, grades kindergarten through sixth, with a wide range of ages (27-61 ...


Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail: Examining Opportunities For Learning On A Continuous 2,185-Mile Self-Supported Hike, Bahne Bahnson Apr 2015

Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail: Examining Opportunities For Learning On A Continuous 2,185-Mile Self-Supported Hike, Bahne Bahnson

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This study explored transformational adult learning and thru-hiker culture on the Appalachian Trail, employing autoethnography as research methodology within the qualitative research tradition (Creswell, 2007). The researcher explored thru-hiker culture by hiking the complete Appalachian Trail for five months, involving a 2,185 mile journey experienced as a continuous “flip-flop” hike. The researcher began hiking northbound from Mount Greylock, Massachusetts on June 25, 2014. Mount Katahdin, Maine, the A.T. northern terminus was summited August 15, 2014. The southbound journey commenced August 20, 2014 from Mount Greylock and ended at the summit of Springer, Mountain, Georgia, the southern terminus November ...


Twice Challenged: Differentiating Between English Language Acquisition And Learning Disabilities, Lisa Roen Apr 2015

Twice Challenged: Differentiating Between English Language Acquisition And Learning Disabilities, Lisa Roen

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An action research study of practices used to nominate English Learners (ELs) for special education services was conducted to examine the disproportionate representation of ELs in special education. The experiences of district administrators and teaching staff were examined to identify existing practices used to nominate and identify ELs for English language services. Findings revealed ELs were referred to special education due in part to linguistic and cultural differences. Teachers developed deficit-oriented frameworks, nominating ELs students for special education at higher rates. Child study teams concentrated on qualifying students for special education. Once identified for special education, ELs received services using ...


Art, Life Story And Cultural Memory: Profiles Of The Artists Of The Lewis And Clark Bicentennial, Elise S. Roberts Apr 2015

Art, Life Story And Cultural Memory: Profiles Of The Artists Of The Lewis And Clark Bicentennial, Elise S. Roberts

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A case study of four public artists uncovered how the artists’ lived experiences and awareness of cultural memory influenced their creation of commemorative artwork for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. The study involves how the professional and cultural experiences of two White artists and two Native American artists living or working in the Missouri River Valley in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana influenced their art. Professional factors influencing the artists included education, involvement with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, work space, and connections to arts communities. Cultural factors influencing artists were family relationships and ethnic, political, gender, and religious ...


Parental Decision Making And Satisfaction Regarding School Choice Programs In Suburban Districts, Andrew J. Vollmuth Apr 2015

Parental Decision Making And Satisfaction Regarding School Choice Programs In Suburban Districts, Andrew J. Vollmuth

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School choice, which allows families to enroll their children in public education programs outside of their neighborhood attendance area, has increased in size and scope in suburban communities. This qualitative, case study examined the factors influencing why and how 15 families chose to pursue a choice option for their children’s elementary school experience, and also describes their subsequent levels of satisfaction with regard to their experience. Parents described how perceptions of their school district brought them to the local community, and then shaped their opinions regarding high and low performing schools in their community. Once enrolled in the choice ...


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

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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 Charism Is A Nice Thing To Have: Catholic Culture Within The Student Affairs Division At A Catholic University Lacking A Founding Order, Josh Hengemuhle Apr 2015

A Charism Is A Nice Thing To Have: Catholic Culture Within The Student Affairs Division At A Catholic University Lacking A Founding Order, Josh Hengemuhle

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Student affairs practitioners working in Catholic colleges and universities face the challenge of balancing of two competing value systems: that of the Catholic identity and mission of the institution coming from the Catholic Church, and the values of the student affairs profession. At institutions founded by a specific religious order, the charism of that order can play an instrumental role in a student affairs practitioner’s understanding of that Catholic culture and can aid in that balancing act (Sanders, 2010). These charisms ground religious congregations, providing them, and the individuals working at their institutions, with “distinctive ‘flavors’ or cultures, and ...


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

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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 ...


“Building An Airplane In The Sky”: A Case Study On Perceptions Of The Common Core State Standards (Ccss), Emily D. Hines Apr 2015

“Building An Airplane In The Sky”: A Case Study On Perceptions Of The Common Core State Standards (Ccss), Emily D. Hines

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This qualitative study examined teacher perceptions of the Common Core State Standards; the case study occurred within a small elementary school in Western Wisconsin. Eight educators, including six classroom teachers and two administrators, one principal and one reading specialist/literacy coach, participated in this study. Two major themes in perceptions of need and impact emerged from the interview data, with several subthemes within need and impact including: needs for staff development/training, support, time and better understanding as well as impacts on students’ social-emotional well-being, district funding, student learning, teacher identities and well-being, instruction/pedagogy/reading, assessment, and student diversity ...


African American Government Girls: Unspoken Narratives Of Potential, Perseverance, And Power, Aura Wharton-Beck Jan 2015

African American Government Girls: Unspoken Narratives Of Potential, Perseverance, And Power, Aura Wharton-Beck

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A historical case study documented the lives and experiences of six African American Government Girls employed by the United States federal government during wartime. Five women served during World War II, and one served in the Korean War. The Government Girls sought advanced educational opportunities in their high school years and developed marketable skills. They earned their appointments to government service by passing the Civil Service examination, and in some cases, moving to another city to begin work. Their intentional decision to become Civil Service employees interrupted the expectation for Black women to work in domestic service positions. When the ...


How International Leaders Overcome Difficult Social Conditions: An Exploratory Study Of Biography And Leadership Development, Wojceiech Wloch Jan 2015

How International Leaders Overcome Difficult Social Conditions: An Exploratory Study Of Biography And Leadership Development, Wojceiech Wloch

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Using qualitative narrative inquiry, this study focused on a prosopographic analysis of Lech Wałęsa and Leymah Gbowee as Nobel Peace Prize laureates who grew up under oppression, but who managed to bring amity to their worlds. Cross-examination of their stories resulted in the design of a three-phase path to becoming a leader of peaceful change. Phase One consisted of the influences of strong mothers and great mentors on the upbringing of both future leaders. Phase Two of active leadership indicated that both leaders benefitted from focus, strong faith, and community in effecting long-term peaceful change. Phase Three showed how the ...


How Learning And Living Resilience Amidst Experiences Of Difference, Stigma, Marginalization, And Loss Contributed To My Identity As A Social Justice Educator: A Scholar Personal Narrative, Amy B. Schuler Jan 2015

How Learning And Living Resilience Amidst Experiences Of Difference, Stigma, Marginalization, And Loss Contributed To My Identity As A Social Justice Educator: A Scholar Personal Narrative, Amy B. Schuler

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This qualitative study, written as a Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN), explores how experiences of difference, stigma, marginalization, and loss resulted in an evolving social justice identity further shaped by resilience and hegemony. Living in a family defined by mental illness and poverty, the narrative arc of the SPN explores how this scholar learned and lived resilience, ultimately resulting in a passion for social justice. The discovery of hegemonic norms at play ultimately opened new understandings, which evoked healing, joy, and a desire to build classrooms where students can claim the power of their own stories. This study recommends the need ...


Phenomenological Study Of Engaging Mindset Development In Authentic, Applied Learning Environments In A Secondary School, Stephen Michael Pohlen Jan 2015

Phenomenological Study Of Engaging Mindset Development In Authentic, Applied Learning Environments In A Secondary School, Stephen Michael Pohlen

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This qualitative, phenomenological study investigated the perceptions of 16 adults regarding their learning experiences while enrolled as high school students in journalism or engineering classes. The study focused on students' participation in these applied learning experiences, and the effects on the initial and subsequent development of "engaging mindsets", also known as noncognitive mindsets (self-efficacy, belief in effort-based achievement, sense of belonging, and appreciating the value and meaning of work), in their post-secondary educational and career experiences.

Participants described seven factors of the learning environment positively affecting their learning and future growth: complex, open-ended problem solving; choice and creativity; student independence ...


African American Government Girls: Unspoken Narratives Of Potential, Perseverance, And Power, Aura Wharton-Beck Jan 2015

African American Government Girls: Unspoken Narratives Of Potential, Perseverance, And Power, Aura Wharton-Beck

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

A historical case study documented the lives and experiences of six African American Government Girls employed by the United States federal government during wartime. Five women served during World War II, and one served in the Korean War. The Government Girls sought advanced educational opportunities in their high school years and developed marketable skills. They earned their appointments to government service by passing the Civil Service examination, and in some cases, moving to another city to begin work. Their intentional decision to become Civil Service employees interrupted the expectation for Black women to work in domestic service positions. When the ...


Retaining Teachers In High-Need Elementary Schools: Factors Influencing Teachers' Commitment To Their Work, Cheryl Ryan Jan 2015

Retaining Teachers In High-Need Elementary Schools: Factors Influencing Teachers' Commitment To Their Work, Cheryl Ryan

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

I conducted a phenomenological study of the lived experiences of veteran teachers in high-need schools and the meaning of their work. Findings from a review of scholarly literature and selection of analytical theories formed the conceptual framework for my study. In-depth interviews with experienced teachers from a number of high-need schools within an urban district provided descriptions of the work in classrooms, schools, and the broader school district. Exploring experiences of veteran teachers resulted in the identification of personal and organizational factors influencing continued commitment to teaching in high-need schools.

Findings from my analysis revealed factors influencing teacher’s continued ...


Dancing With Chains: A Case Study Of Native Mandarin Chinese Teachers And Pedagogy In U.S. Higher Education, Jing Tong Jan 2015

Dancing With Chains: A Case Study Of Native Mandarin Chinese Teachers And Pedagogy In U.S. Higher Education, Jing Tong

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This qualitative case study explored how native Mandarin Chinese teachers experienced and adapted to the linguistic, cultural, and pedagogical differences in teaching Mandarin Chinese to English-speaking students at four-year higher education institutions in the United States. Drawing upon the interviews of 11 participant teachers, the researcher applied theoretical frameworks of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK), pedagogical reasoning and action (PRA), and Confucianism to interpret the findings.

Findings from the research revealed that Chinese instructors prepared themselves first as students and adopted effective modes of teaching to teach Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language in U.S. higher education. Findings from ...