Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Creating collaboration among small nonprofit leaders using an appreciative inquiry approach
by Mann, Jennifer Alison, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2012, 115; 1516533
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this action research project was to create collaboration among leaders of small nonprofits using appreciative inquiry as an approach. Participants completed a six-hour appreciative inquiry workshop, pre- and post-workshop surveys, and interviews used to measure changes in collaborative factor levels in the group. Four subject matter experts contributed to the research by attending a focus group to analyze the data collection results. Compiled data results showed increased levels of collaboration in the affinity group using appreciative inquiry, especially for factors containing trust and understanding of collaboration. In conclusion, the research findings revealed the importance of relationship and purpose development, the importance of managing polarity and complex factors, and the effectiveness of AI as an approach in early collaborative formation. Due to the small sample size with low population validity and short length of the study, the research may not be generalizable to the larger population of small nonprofit organizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lacey, Miriam
Commitee: Egan, Teri D.
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Appreciative inquiry, Collaboration, Nonprofit organizations, Small nonprofit leaders
Publication Number: 1516533
ISBN: 978-1-267-54706-4
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