Publication Date

2012

Degree Name

MS in Management

First Advisor

Aqeel Tirmizi

Abstract

The purpose of this case study is to explore the development of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF), a young organization that is dedicated to becoming a fully mission-driven focused entity. The case study will investigate the organization’s ability to remain consistent to its mission. Furthermore, the case study will explore the importance of mission-focus within JCMF. Finally, it will identify the impact the organization’s commitment to mission-focus has had on the organization’s overall health.

Using a qualitative approach, I examined JCMF and its effectiveness toward being a mission-driven organization. The findings and mission specific analysis of the case study revealed that the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation has made a successful attempt towards being a mission-driven organization. Using Bolman and Deal’s (2008) Four Frame Model, my research discovered the strengths and weaknesses of JCMF with their structural, human resources, political, and symbolic aspects. The study further revealed that while JCMF was currently operating successfully as a mission-driven organization, there was concern that organizational growth may inhibit its ability to continue prospering due to a lack of resources.

The analysis and findings resulted in recommendations to ensure the JCMF organization would remain sustainably healthy and mission-focused. The recommendations included: creating a strategic planning external and internal analysis to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the organization from both perspectives, devising a succession plan in order to keep the organization strong and operational during a leadership transition, introducing a proactive open door policy for the organization to solidify the trusting environment and open culture, preparing a stronger fundraising and development plan to build financial resources to better serve the mission, and finally hiring additional staff members to assist and improve the JCMF in its mission-focused efforts. These recommendations from the study can be utilized within the JCMF organization to maintain overall good health and mission-focus.

Disciplines

Business Administration, Management, and Operations

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