Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding decision making within the changeless: Board culture, revenue adjustments, and mission shift
by Philp, Paul A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 243; 3567875
Abstract (Summary)

Fluctuations within the global economy have the capacity to affect the revenue streams of institutions of higher education, often necessitating discussions of financially-motivated mission shift within the context of governing boards. This study investigated the manner in which institutional cultural attitudes of governing board members differ when discussing such issues at religious institutions of higher education. These differences were studied within the unique context of the challenges raised by the interplay between organizational change and a culture defined, in part, by doctrinal formulations. Governing board members at five religious institutions of higher education were interviewed in a qualitative comparative case study regarding the board decision-making process. Structured interviews utilized the critical incident technique and the framework of resource dependence theory. The study revealed critical differences in the manner in which board members engaged the decision-making process in each of the aspects of resource dependence theory, as well as in the areas of institutional mission and finance. The local societal context of each institution was revealed to be a critical component in the board decision-making process relative to institutional mission, institutional finance, and financially-motivated mission shift.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Ronald G.
Commitee: Keener, Barbara J., Ruebel Barnard, Joni K.
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education finance, Higher Education Administration, Higher education
Keywords: Decision-making, Governing board, Institutional finance, Mission shift, Religious institution, Trustees
Publication Number: 3567875
ISBN: 9781303206078
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