Title page for ETD etd-32298-8418

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Welleford, Paul B. M.S.
Author's Email Address pbwell@adelphia.net
URN etd-32298-8418
Title Leadership in A Community-Based, Nonprofit Organization: Total Action Against Poverty Roanoke, Virginia
Degree PhD
Department Public Administration and Public Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dudley, Larkin S. Committee Chair
Dale, Robert Committee Member
Shareef, Reginald A. T. Committee Member
Wamsley, Gary L. Committee Member
Wolf, James F. Committee Member
  • organization
  • nonprofit
  • leadership
  • socialization
  • culture
Date of Defense 1998-04-02
Availability unrestricted
Although there is an inexhaustible interest in leadership,

research continues to escalate. One arena of study which

has been neglected is leadership in the nonprofit sector.

The intent of this dissertation is to see how the leader

influences the effectiveness of his organization. Also,

organizational culture and socialization will be examined

to see if these elements are at the disposal of the leader

of this community-based, nonprofit organization to enhance

organizational effectiveness. The site for this study is

the community-based, nonprofit organization known as Total

Action Against Poverty of Roanoke, Virginia (TAP), a

Community Action Agency.

The Executive Director's role is examined to see how his

leadership maintains and enhances this effective nonprofit

organization. Whether his leadership nurtures a synergy

among the leaders via his influence upon the organizational

culture and socialization processes is of particular

interest to this study. The question is whether there can

be found any conscious recognition of a specific or unified

organizational culture and process of socialization, and

further, whether there is any evidence that either is

intentionally influenced by the leadership.

The research design follows the case study methodology.

Archival records are reviewed, and qualitative data are

gathered from interviews with TAP leadership personnel and

individuals who volunteer their services to the

organization. The interview questions relate to:

leadership influence, the organizational culture and


Other related data used for further documentation are

promotional publications written by the organization's

staff and local newspaper articles about the organization.

Speeches and writings by the core leaders of TAP are also

reviewed. These data provide a vital resource of comparison

among the primary actors of the TAP organization, For

analysis of data, the computer software program,

WordCruncher, is used.

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