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Principal leadership and the development of organizational culture in a new school

By NC DOCKS at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Travis Lee Reeves

Abstract

"The purpose of this research was to perform an in depth examination of principal leadership on the development of organizational culture in a new high school. Specifically, this research described the early culture of the school, the support of the community, the importance of building trusting relationships with colleagues, and the influence of the principal's leadership on the organization. A case-study methodology was the primary research method used to gather information. Data was gathered using interviews, both principal and faculty members, observations, document analysis, and field notes. The research design included measures that insured high levels of trustworthiness. Data from each form was used to describe the early formation of organizational culture at this new school and the influence of the principal on the organizational culture. Results from the qualitative data indicate that the principal has the respect of the staff and students, he has built the foundation for solid community support, he has empowered his teachers to make decisions in the school, and he has used the 'firsts' of the school as a positive culture building strategy. Furthermore, there was a strong correlation between the vision, philosophy, and actions of this principal that have influenced the early development of culture at this school."--Abstract from author supplied metadata

Topics: High school principals--United States, Educational leadership, Corporate culture
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:libres.uncg.edu/975
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