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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leadership and learning: The impact of transformational leadership on learning culture within global ministry nonprofits
by Dix, Clinton R., Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2013, 229; 3613527
Abstract (Summary)

Global nonprofits face not only the challenges of funding but now need to adapt to the challenges of a complex and changing environment. Part of this changing environment is the need to network with other organizations to enhance their impact. As these networked nonprofits attempt to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century they most likely will need solutions that contain complex roles, procedures, and structures. Organizations need to learn to readily adapt to these challenges. A learning organization is one which has the ability to transform itself by collectively learning how to face new challenges. An organization that has this ability is better prepared to meet its challenges and can produce greater results. When an organization becomes a learning organization it may be more likely to possess the necessary tools to effectively meet its objectives.

Leaders must implant into the organizational culture factors that will allow the organization to make the necessary transformation. Transformational leadership has been proposed as a viable model of leadership that can produce this type of environment. Rijal (2009) stated that "transforming a complex system is difficult without a leader who understands the needs of the situation, the people and the goal and undertakes the necessary action to achieve the transition" (p. 131).

Networked global nonprofits offer a unique setting for analyzing this relationship. This study will look at several ministry nonprofits that have networked together to fulfill their common purpose. It will seek to discover more about the alleged relationship between transformational leadership and a culture of learning by seeking evidence within these global nonprofits.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Freemyer, James
Commitee: Boyce, Jeffrey, Johnson, John
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management
Keywords: Global, Learning organization, Nonprofit organizations, Organizational culture, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 3613527
ISBN: 978-1-303-76487-5
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