Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Misalignment of Resources to Preferred Strategies in Resource-Dependent Environments
by Smirnova, Anna R., Ph.D., Regent University, 2013, 203; 3576854
Abstract (Summary)

Organizations work, interact, and depend on the environments that surround them. The quality, quantity, and type of resources attracted by the organization often misalign with needed resources and force the leader to make strategic choices and changes in order to sustain operations. Resource scarcities force organizations and their leaders to access resources from other actors in the environment and pursue new innovations that use alternative resources. This research applies a qualitative phenomenological approach to discovering the actual experiential process of 10 leaders as they faced the challenge of making strategic changes and choices in an attempt to realign available resources. Through content analysis of the interviews and the imaginative variation method of the findings, the study revealed that the major source of uncertainty in Russia are the laws and the government regulations, economic fluctuations and geopolitical complexities, and the instability of national contributors. The resource pool consists of human, financial, and intellectual resources, and nonprofits are highly dependent on its partners such as donors and volunteers, though consider it a subject for multiplication rather than reduction. The development of good relationships with partners is strategy number one for the purpose of the constant acquisition of resources and network development. The next strategy recommended by coresearchers is an ability to change and adapt, including the ability to anticipate changes in the environment and to act accordingly. There is also a discussion on the subject of the context and national ownership that were considered to be keys for any successful leadership in Russia. Rational choice, a part of the decision-making strategy that helps the leader to be a wizard with resources, align the existing ones and hunt for new ones in an ambiguous resource-dependent environment, which is also discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Winston, Bruce E.
School: Regent University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Management
Keywords: Acquisition of resources, Leadership, National ownership, Resource dependency, Russia, Uncertainty
Publication Number: 3576854
ISBN: 978-1-303-58354-4
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