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Meeting the needs of homeless veterans: A case study
by Johnson, Ernestine R., Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 191; 3613989
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the qualitative multiple case study was to understand and describe leadership experiences of nonprofit leaders and managers. Examining the leadership traits of adaptive leadership, change leadership, transformation leadership, and complex adaptive leadership provided the platform of this study is an endeavor to understand nonprofit leadership from the perspective of service delivery and programs for homeless veterans. In addition, this study seeks to understand the complex problems of the homeless veteran population specifically of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars through the lens of nonprofit leadership. This qualitative multiple case study seeks to illuminate the motivational strategies and tactics of nonprofit leaders and managers to engage homeless veterans to pursue access to certain Veterans Administration services and programs. The main source for the multiple case study data included the narratives from the semi-structured interviews of four nonprofit executives in Indiana with years of experience with the homeless veteran population as well as veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The knowledge and experience of the key executives of the four nonprofit organizations in the research study of the homeless veteran population made invaluable contributions to the qualitative multiple case study in the field of nonprofit leadership. The findings of the qualitative multiple case study were generally consistent with the existing studies relative to the homeless veteran population. Through the illumination of the thick, rich descriptions of the shared experiences of the nonprofit leaders and manager of the qualitative multiple case study called attention to the linkage with the literature to provide an explanation of the inability of homeless veterans to gain access to certain Veterans Administration services and programs. Thus, the current qualitative multiple case study begins to fill the gaps in the scientific knowledge base to resolve issues of the unmet needs of homeless veterans.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pelletier, Rosemarie A.
Commitee: Tucker, Saran, Ward, Roger
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Homeless veterans, Leadership, Management, Multiple case study, Quintain, Veterans administration
Publication Number: 3613989
ISBN: 978-1-303-78563-4
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