Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating organizational democracy
by Tavares, Kelly de Oliveira, M.A., University of Oregon, 2011, 91; 1505110
Abstract (Summary)

In this study I propose a framework to assess democratic practices in non-profit organizations. The purpose is to identify actions that strengthen empowerment, examine how they are applied in the managerial and educational practices, and determine the outcomes for participants and stakeholders. I developed an assessment protocol based on organizational democracy principles through an examination of peer reviewed literature and field observations. I applied the resulting evaluation framework in a case study of Juventud FACETA, a program at the Amigos Multicultural Services Center, an organization that has sought to incorporate democratic practices in their mission. This study will be useful for 1) testing a formulation of criteria to examine and develop democratic practices in organizations and 2) designing a piloted evaluation protocol that can be used to assess organizational characteristics and actions that yield democratic empowerment outcomes among organization constituencies and staff dedicated to these principles in action.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fenn, John
Commitee: Blandy, Doug, Shelton, Deborah J.
School: University of Oregon
Department: Arts and Administration Program
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Arts Management, Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Democracy, Empowerment, Evaluation, Management, Non-profits
Publication Number: 1505110
ISBN: 978-1-267-11888-2
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