Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The development of comprehensive criminal justice leadership standards: A modified Delphi study approach
by Walsh, Elizabeth Franziska, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2010, 241; 3467496
Abstract (Summary)

Leadership standards are a necessary component in today’s multiorganizational environments. This includes the broad criminal justice (CJ) field encompassing the major subdomains of policing, criminal courts and corrections. Contemporary professionals and lay citizens alike witness the difficulties of managing complex public safety events, as well as the day-to-day operations of CJ agencies. The purpose of the study was to explore whether establishing omnibus criminal justice leadership standards is a viable concept for the wide-ranging CJ field. The mixed-methods modified Delphi study involved an initial panel of 70 CJ experts recruited from the management and executive leadership ranks in the 3 major CJ subdomains. A final panel of membership of 51 completed all the Delphi rounds of the study. The procedure for the study included a qualitative open-ended questionnaire, a Likert-type scaled questionnaire derived from a qualitative content analysis of the open-ended Round 1 data, and a final priority ranking of 13 leadership dimensions developed and represented in the questionnaire. In the study, all 13 leadership domains were retained and prioritized. A final round involved a nonparametric quantitative analysis of relationships among the 3 identified groupings of panel participants as identified by affiliated CJ subdomains. The findings provide important support for the development of CJ leadership standards that may be applied to the extensive scope of the broader CJ system. The verification of relationships by the quantitative nonparametric analysis supported that the identified leadership dimensions as being applicable across all the subdomains represented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Munday, Donald R.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Public administration, Criminology
Keywords: Administration, Criminal justice, Delphi, Leadership, Leadership standards, Management, Public safety, Standards
Publication Number: 3467496
ISBN: 978-1-124-80638-9
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