Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between the leadership practices of presidents and the organizational culture of Christian colleges and universities
by O'Dell, Jeremy Blake, Ph.D., Biola University, 2014, 369; 3617670
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the leadership practices of presidents and the organizational culture of Christian colleges and universities. The leadership practices of presidents were measured utilizing the Leadership Practices Inventory-Self (LPI-S) and the Leadership Practices Inventory-Observer (LPI-O). The spiritual leadership practices (a combination of spiritual gifts and leadership behaviors) of presidents were measured utilizing the Spiritual Leadership Practices-President (SLP-P) and the Spiritual Leadership Practices-Employee (SLP-E) scales. Organizational culture types were assessed utilizing the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI). The target population for this study was the presidents of the 115 member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in the United States. Participants in this study consisted of the presidents and a random sample of administrators, faculty members, and administrative staff members from each participating institution. Out of the 115 presidents and institutions in the target population, 35 responded that they could not participate due to various reasons. This situation left a convenient sample of 80 presidents and institutions. A total of 32 Presidential Questionnaires were completed and returned to the researcher for a response rate of 40%. A total of 56 of 96 Employee Questionnaires were completed and returned to the researcher for a response rate of 58.33%. Results from the statistical analysis of the data and hypotheses revealed statistically significant positive relationships between the leadership practices Model the Way (MTW), Inspire a Shared Vision (ISV), Challenge the Process (CTP), Enable Others to Act (EOA), Encourage the Heart (ETH) and the Clan organizational culture type. Results also revealed a statistically significant positive relationship between the leadership practice Challenge the Process (CTP) and the Adhocracy organizational culture type. In addition, results revealed a statistically significant positive relationship between the Spiritual Leadership Practices-Employee (SLP-E) scale and the Clan organizational culture type. Thus, there is a relationship between the leadership practices of presidents and the organizational culture of Christian colleges and universities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Esqueda, Octavio
Commitee: Eguizabal, Orbelina, Talley, David
School: Biola University
Department: Talbot School of Theology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Christian education, Leadership practices, Organizational culture, Presidents
Publication Number: 3617670
ISBN: 9781303853357
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