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Southern Virginia Higher Education Center: An exploration of factors affecting organizational leadership
by Simon-Owens, Nettie L., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2010, 213; 3501606
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the internal and external factors affecting the organizational leadership of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). This qualitative single-case study was designed to develop a framework for documenting factors affecting the decision making of the organizational leadership of the SVHEC. In-depth unstructured interviews were used to explore the lived experiences and organizational insight of organizational leaders of the SVHEC. Six organizational leaders participated in the study and each had served in an active capacity with the SVHEC for a minimum of one year. Four participants were members of the board of trustees and two participants were members of the operational leadership. Archival documents, the minutes from 12 meetings of the SVHEC board of trustees, were used to obtain historical data for the study. Six themes emerged from the data that categorized the factors that affected the organization’s leadership during its formative first three years as a state agency. The findings from the study indicate a need for changes to the SVHEC governance to increase engagement, participation, and role clarification to help guide future organizational decisions and competitive positioning for diminishing state funds.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Karen
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Higher education
Keywords: Case study, Decision-making, Organizational leadership, Policy governance, Qualitative methodology, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Virginia
Publication Number: 3501606
ISBN: 978-1-267-23313-4
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