Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between organizational culture and effectiveness in university residence hall associations: A competing values study
by Faerman, Lawrence B., Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2009, 274; 3351586
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined organizational member and housing staff perceptions of organizational culture and effectiveness of residence hall associations. Two instruments, the Residence Hall Government (RHA) Effectiveness Instrument designed by Tucker (2001) and the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) designed by Cameron and Quinn (1999, 2006) were utilized to gather quantitative data, while individual interviews and focus groups were conducted utilizing selected questions from the Interview Questions for Doing a Competing Values Organizational Analysis (Quinn 1988) to collect qualitative data. A mixed methodology was utilized to collect and analyze data from three sites yielding 217 assessments, 27 interviews, and 6 student focus groups with members of residence hall associations during the spring 2008 semester. The study indicated that there is a positive relationship between all ideal culture type scores identified by the OCAI and effectiveness constructs identified by the RHA Effectiveness Instrument. Additionally, there is a difference in the perceptions of Clan and Hierarchy ideal culture type scores and Housing Relationship and RHA Effects effectiveness construct scores based upon housing staff membership or RHA Legislative Body membership. Furthermore, the research indicated that level of student involvement, emphasis on leadership development and training, patterns of communication and teamwork, financial resources, implementation of rules and procedures, roles in program planning, student voice, member evaluation, collaborative partnerships with host housing departments, and relationships with university Student Government were constructs for the development of organizational culture and influenced the organizational effectiveness of RHAs. Recommendations are provided for the organizational development and evaluation of residence hall associations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Floyd, Deborah L.
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 70/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Higher education
Keywords: College housing, Competing values, Organizational culture, Residence hall associations, Student governance, Student organizations, University housing
Publication Number: 3351586
ISBN: 978-1-109-07893-0
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