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A Study of the Relationship between Trust, Authority and Leadership within the Cultural Context of Churches of Christ in Western Australia
by Watson, Tania Maree, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2018, 239; 10982380
Abstract (Summary)

This researcher considers that confusion observed amongst church leadership teams within Churches of Christ in Western Australia (COCWA) may be explained, in part, as a reflection of an Australian cultural phenomenon: “The Australian Authority Paradox” as described by social researchers, Aigner and Skelton. The effects of this paradox appear to limit the effectiveness of leadership exercised in the Australian context.

The researcher conducted a study of church leaders, sourced within two clusters of COCWA Churches between February and August 2017. The researcher found attitude indicators consistent with the proposition of an authority paradox.

A key outcome of the project, is the presentation of a theoretical model (TALC). The model offers a way of understanding how the dynamic relationship between trust and authority may have an influence on the way that leadership functions in the Australian cultural context.

Whilst it is hoped that the findings of this study may have immediate and important applications for COCWA, this researcher believes that this project provides some important insights that have the potential to be quite useful in other organizational contexts in Australia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Harris, Brian
Commitee: Sanders, Martin, Turner, Jennifer
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology, Pacific Rim Studies
Keywords: Australia, Authority, Culture, Leadership, Trust
Publication Number: 10982380
ISBN: 978-0-438-70856-3
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