Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Adaptive Imagineering of Main Street, Little Rock: A Case Study of Personal Investments and Outcomes as Perceived by Agents of Change
by Warren, Donnelly Estes, Ed.D., Arkansas State University, 2019, 218; 27547078
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this mixed-methods case study was to describe the perspectives of individuals that have acted independently or through organizational entities, resulting in impacts to the current renewal cycle of the Main Street area in Little Rock, Arkansas. The goals of this study were to collect and describe motivations underpinning decision making and action, identify resources and support systems utilized, describe encounters with challenges and barriers, collect perceptions of outcomes, and identify recommendations for next steps towards the future growth and sustainability of Main Street, Little Rock.

This research was guided by a research design model, which outlined the procedural stages of the study. The boundaries for the case were framed by a review of selected, local literature, which established a contextual framework and informed the design of data collection instruments. Descriptive, quantitative, and qualitative data were collected through an online stakeholder survey and through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with change agents.

Despite evidence of progress for the current renewal cycle, this study reveals a lack of collective voice and underlying conflicts, though findings indicate shared goals. Concluding future implications are to identify catalysts for spatial and relational dimensions of community environments to establish new pathways and bridge duplicate or conflicting networks, facilitating mutually valued outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Saleh, Amany
Commitee: Gilbert, Erik, Nichols, John, Salo, Edward
School: Arkansas State University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: DAI-A 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Organization Theory, Area Planning and Development, Urban planning
Keywords: Change agent, Community, Mixed methods case study, Motivation, Social capital, Urban renewal
Publication Number: 27547078
ISBN: 9781392647561
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