Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Deconstruction of leadership in organizations with a propensity to commit violence
by Lewis, Jason N., Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2009, 137; 3394315
Abstract (Summary)

This research applies hermeneutic and statistical analysis of archival information (specifically prison gang charters and manifestos) in examination of two research questions. The first research question is designed to examine whether or not similar organizations (gangs) in the same environment (federal prisons) would display commonalities in leadership approaches. The second research question introduces the variable of culture into the study by statistically examining divergences in approach to leadership based on race based subgroups of the research population.

Through these two questions, the researcher was able to examine the cultural and environmental implications of leadership. Although the research population in this study focused on organizations with a propensity to commit violence in a homeostatic environment, acknowledging a cultural element of leadership has implications beyond this group. Enhanced understanding of the cultural and environmental impact on leadership cannot only help guide future research but also assist in leadership development (or degradation in cases of leadership in undesirable groups) through the manipulation of environment or the exploitation of culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davidson, Phillip
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Organization Theory, Social structure
Keywords: Culture, Gangs, Leadership, Violence
Publication Number: 3394315
ISBN: 978-1-109-61722-1
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