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Volunteer Motivation, Organizational Commitment, and Engagement: Knights of Columbus Explanatory Case Study
by Fernandes, Vincent John, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2018, 230; 10748228
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative explanatory single case study was to understand why Knights of Columbus (KofC) volunteers in Ontario, Canada demonstrate motivation, organizational commitment, and engagement. The scope of the study was guided by two main research questions: “Why do KofC members volunteer?” and “How do KofC members combine elements of motivation, organizational commitment, and engagement in their volunteer activity?” The triangulation of participant interviews, observations from KofC general meetings, and online archived documents supported the study’s qualitative methodology that required rich, descriptive data. For feasibility, the population of this study was comprised of KofC volunteers within three councils in Ontario, Canada and 17 KofC members were selected purposively based on age and experience criteria for face-to-face interviews. Transcribed interview data, observational field notes and archival documents were analyzed and coded using NVivo 11 to uncover three emerging themes: living one’s faith, loyalty, and flexibility. The findings indicated that KofC members have alignment between personal and organizational values, intend to follow Biblical scripture to live their faith in the public square, and feel obligated to help others in need. Fraternity and unity were welcomed benefits that KofC members enjoyed while volunteering. KofC provides volunteers with role and task variety, which allows volunteers to choose the activities that suit their interest, skill set, and time commitment. By gaining insights from these themes, organizational leaders can improve their communication to potential and existing volunteers, foster stronger relationships among volunteers, and develop programs that engage volunteers through catered recruitment and retention strategies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Devnew, Lynne E.
Commitee: Boone, Shawn C., Brewer, Laura C.
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Canadian studies, Management, Religious education, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Case study, Engagement, Knights of Columbus, Motivation, Organizational commitment, Volunteerism
Publication Number: 10748228
ISBN: 978-0-355-78770-2
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