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Exploring Antecedents Of Those Who Practice Servant Leadership, Maria Anne Kindelan Oct 2019

Exploring Antecedents Of Those Who Practice Servant Leadership, Maria Anne Kindelan

All Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to explore the preceding essence of the individual who is a servant leader. In search of antecedents, the researcher used a qualitative method with a phenomenological design, exploring what brought the participants to utilize servant leadership. Furthermore, the researcher aimed to fill a gap by asking participants to provide their stories of what brought them to employ such a leadership style versus suggesting answers. This qualitative research study was conducted to answer the question: "What are the antecedents of the person who practices servant leadership?" A criterion sample was used to recruit servant leaders ...


Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations Overcoming Cultural, Language, And Physical Barriers, Jaye Mendros Goulet May 2019

Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations Overcoming Cultural, Language, And Physical Barriers, Jaye Mendros Goulet

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Advances in technology are allowing members of a team to collaborate while being geographically and spatially apart. These new teams, known as virtual teams, have benefits for both the organizations to which they belong and to the individual members.


Perceived Supervisor Accessibility And Its Effects On Authentic Leadership, Kasey Gallant May 2019

Perceived Supervisor Accessibility And Its Effects On Authentic Leadership, Kasey Gallant

All Theses & Dissertations

As technology develops, professionals will have a greater opportunity to work remotely; often using multiple modes of technology to attend meetings, workshops and communicate with colleagues and superiors. The present study explores leader accessibility as it is experienced by remotely located employees verses on-site employees, in relation to their direct supervisor’s perceived Authentic leadership.


Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study Of Public University Staff Member Experiences In The Northeast, Tracy M. St. Pierre May 2019

Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study Of Public University Staff Member Experiences In The Northeast, Tracy M. St. Pierre

All Theses & Dissertations

Workplace incivility is a construct similar to sexual harassment or bullying in that it is unwanted behavior and can cause negative emotions for those who experience it. However, it lacks the clear definition and legal repercussions that have been established for sexual harassment and bullying.


Post Millennial Generation In The Workforce, Tarynne N. Scott May 2019

Post Millennial Generation In The Workforce, Tarynne N. Scott

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The purpose of this study is to explore and gain a deeper understanding of what Post Millennials require for success in the workforce, and how they differ in their follower and cultural beliefs, as well as identify what specific leadership style(s) best fit this generation’s needs as followers.


Perceived Supervisor Accessibility And Its Effects On Authentic Leadership, Kasey Gallant Apr 2019

Perceived Supervisor Accessibility And Its Effects On Authentic Leadership, Kasey Gallant

Thinking Matters Symposium

As technology develops, professionals will have a greater opportunity to work remotely; often using multiple modes of technology to attend meetings, workshops and communicate with colleagues and superiors. The present study explores Authentic Leadership as it is experienced by remotely located employees, and its relationship with Job Satisfaction, Employee Engagement, and Turnover Intention through the construct of perceived supervisor accessibility. Current research on Authentic Leadership fails to explore the quality of remotely located employee/supervisor interactions and whether there is a relationship between Job Satisfaction, leadership style, and intention to leave a position. The present study seeks to fill the ...


Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations: Overcoming Cultural, Language, And Physical Barriers, Jaye Goulet Apr 2019

Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations: Overcoming Cultural, Language, And Physical Barriers, Jaye Goulet

Thinking Matters Symposium

Advances in technology are allowing members of a team to collaborate while being geographically and spatially apart. These new teams, known as virtual teams, have benefits for both the organizations to which they belong and to the individual members. Organizations are able to utilize highly-skilled experts without the associated relocation costs. Team members are able to contribute to projects in their field of expertise without having to leave their homeland. These teams require a leader whose interactions build trust and loyalty without the benefit of face-to-face contact with other team members. Although virtual teams are rapidly growing, research is lacking ...


Leadership Development In A Virtual Work Environment, Sylvia Dion Apr 2019

Leadership Development In A Virtual Work Environment, Sylvia Dion

Thinking Matters Symposium

The precise definition of "telecommuting" varies, but it is generally defined as the performance of work tasks from home (Glass and Noonan,2016, p. 6). More broadly, the Telework Enhancement Act (2010) defines telecommuting as “a work flexibility arrangement under which an employee performs the duties and responsibilities of such employee’s position, and other authorized activities, from an approved worksite other than the location from which the employee would otherwise work” (2010, p. 1). Leadership development in virtual work environments has been explored from the leader perspective, with much of the existing research focusing on the leader’s behaviors ...


Post Millennial Generations In The Workforce, Tarynne Scott Apr 2019

Post Millennial Generations In The Workforce, Tarynne Scott

Thinking Matters Symposium

Post Millennials, defined as individuals born between the years of 1997 to present day and whom are currently between the ages of zero and twenty-one years old, are one of the largest generational cohorts to enter the workforce thus far (Ozkan, Soulmaz, 2015). Without understanding the characteristics of this generation, leaders could find themselves with followers they do not know how to motivate or communicate with (Seemiller, 2017, pg. 8). The purpose of this study is to explore and gain a deeper understanding of what Post Millennials need to be successful in the workforce, and how they differ in their ...


Generational Differences In Organizational Culture, Andrew Mcclement Apr 2019

Generational Differences In Organizational Culture, Andrew Mcclement

Thinking Matters Symposium

As the Baby Boomers exit the workforce, newer and younger generations’ workers will need to be hired and trained to fill these positions. Millennials entering the workforce will require evolving methodologies of leadership to retain talent. Studies to-date have focused on leadership styles and organizational culture and how they affect employee engagement. However, the bulk of these studies use information that may not be relevant to current Gen Z and Millennial workers. To address existing gap in knowledge, this study explores the differences of the current generations in the modern-day workforce leadership and what Millennial and Gen Z leaders will ...


The Incidence And Impact Of Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study Comparing Public University Staff Member Experiences In The Northeast, Tracy St. Pierre Apr 2019

The Incidence And Impact Of Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study Comparing Public University Staff Member Experiences In The Northeast, Tracy St. Pierre

Thinking Matters Symposium

Workplace Incivility (WI) is a construct similar to sexual harassment or bullying - it is unwanted behavior and can cause negative emotions for those who experience it. However, it lacks a clear definition or legal repercussions that have been established for sexual harassment and bullying. Thus, incivility is able to thrive in the workplace with little intervention and can create adverse consequences for employees and the organization. Several studies demonstrate that up to 96% of employees have experienced WI (Porath & Pearson, 2010, p.64). Employees who experience WI reduce their work effort and decrease productivity by “venting” to co-workers (Cortina and Magley, 2009, p. 286). This results in more work for mangers and HR personnel who need to mediate the situation; the organization may experience an overall reduction in morale and productivity, leading to lost revenue. The goal of this study is ...


Fake Service Dogs: Leading By Example, Joshua Ferguson Apr 2019

Fake Service Dogs: Leading By Example, Joshua Ferguson

Thinking Matters Symposium

This qualitative research examines public awareness pertaining to the protocols surrounding service dogs and their handlers, known collectively as the service team. The use of service dogs has been on the increase as more people discover the benefits provided by service dogs. The increase in the number of service dogs fosters questions about safety, training, the dog’s purpose, and its legitimacy. Previous studies suggest that many individuals are falsely claiming their dogs as service dogs or “fake service dogs.” This research explores what trends are leading to increases in service dog use and how fake service dogs affect people ...


Transformational Leadership: A Soldier's Need For Creativity In The Maine Army National Guard, Johnathon A. Mcgahey Apr 2019

Transformational Leadership: A Soldier's Need For Creativity In The Maine Army National Guard, Johnathon A. Mcgahey

All Theses & Dissertations

Leadership creativity can inspire organizations to innovate and to compete in the global marketplace. There are many forms of leadership that can produce such passion, but transformational leadership is well suited for today's corporations. Transformational leadership creates a vision and cohesion that drives organizational culture. This quantitative study of the Army National Guard examines leadership creativity within its corporate culture. The Army National Guard is not known for its leadership creativity and there are few studies examining this phenomenon. This study collects quantitative data from active duty personnel to gain direct insight into leadership creativity and its effects on ...


Motivating And Engaging Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patients, Shelly May Dubois Apr 2019

Motivating And Engaging Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patients, Shelly May Dubois

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Lung disease compromises breathing and decreases quality of life for those who have it. The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate innovative strategies used successfully by pulmonary rehabilitation leaders to keep patients motivated and engaged in completing pulmonary rehabilitation. An open-ended questionnaire asking participants questions pertaining to being a successful pulmonary rehabilitation. The results of this study may help pulmonary rehabilitation leaders to gain a better understanding of the full range of interventions taken by leaders to ensure patients complete pulmonary rehabilitation successfully. This study may help both pulmonary rehabilitation leaders as well as patients. It may help ...


Community Driven Student Leadership: The Doce Approach, Courtney Caouette, Jordan O'Hearn, Stacy Henson-Drake, Michaela Stone, Gabrielle Lodge Apr 2018

Community Driven Student Leadership: The Doce Approach, Courtney Caouette, Jordan O'Hearn, Stacy Henson-Drake, Michaela Stone, Gabrielle Lodge

Thinking Matters Symposium

Universities and the communities in which they reside must maintain an interdependence to thrive. The USM LAC Druker Office of Community Engagement (DOCE) follows a unique model of student-faculty collaborative leadership to model how public universities can partner with their communities. Developing long-lasting community-university relationships holds mutual benefits. DOCE connects students, faculty and staff with over 90 community partners. As a synergetic cooperative team, we believe community engagement is essential in the growth and learning of the whole student, faculty and staff of USM.

Our recent Community-Based Participatory Research (CPBR) works in integrating the classes and curriculum of the Social ...


Conflict Competence Among Undergraduates: Exploring The Impact Of Fear Of Negative Evaluation, Erica E. Leighton Apr 2018

Conflict Competence Among Undergraduates: Exploring The Impact Of Fear Of Negative Evaluation, Erica E. Leighton

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According to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace conflict costs employers up to $359 billion annually (as cited by CPP Global, 2008). Considering this cost, teaching the current generation of college students to effectively manage conflict is a charge for colleges and universities who aim to prepare students to successfully enter the workforce after graduation. Current methods of conflict resolution training, however, lack consistency and show varying levels of success. Developing effective tools depends on a clear understanding of barriers students face in learning to effectively resolve conflicts. In looking to examine these barriers, this study explored ...


Collegiate Leadership Competition: Deliberate Practice Leading To Expertise, Courtney Randall, Mark Graham, Irene O'Leary, Katia Fonseca, Salina Mallory, Matt Norris Jan 2018

Collegiate Leadership Competition: Deliberate Practice Leading To Expertise, Courtney Randall, Mark Graham, Irene O'Leary, Katia Fonseca, Salina Mallory, Matt Norris

Thinking Matters Symposium

Deliberate practice (Ericsson & Pool, 2016), the scientific process often attributed to developing expertise, requires a well-developed field and a teacher who can design, provide, and facilitate purposeful activities that target specific goals related to performance in that field. Components of purposeful practice include (a) well-defined goals, often related to skills that others have figured out how to do; (b) timely, continuous, and specific feedback; (c) deliberate practice outside of one’s comfort zone; and (d) developing previously acquired skills through continuous improvement. USM students’ participation in Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC) practice sessions include components of deliberate practice aimed toward the goal of developing expert leaders. Through intentional learning activities grounded in applied leadership and specific performance outcomes, CLC practices include innovative strategies for leading and influencing high performing teams, solving complex problems, improving intergroup communication skills, and enhancing critical thinking skills; and each learning activity concludes with focused debriefing sessions that include feedback from the ...


Volunteer Recruitment And Retention In Maine Performing Arts Organizations, Adam P. Blais May 2017

Volunteer Recruitment And Retention In Maine Performing Arts Organizations, Adam P. Blais

All Theses & Dissertations

Performing arts organizations across the country heavily rely on a combination of ticket sales, individual and organizational contributions, and grant money to fund their operations. As a direct result, performing arts organizations have become increasingly reliant on volunteers to occupy both commonplace and significant operational and managerial roles within their establishments.


Citizen Perceptions Of Minor Changes To The Police Patrol Uniform, Lucas J. Hallett May 2017

Citizen Perceptions Of Minor Changes To The Police Patrol Uniform, Lucas J. Hallett

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Trust and respect between law enforcement and the public has become a topic of increased controversy in the past few years. The rise of instantly available news, along with audio and video from a variety of modern sources, has brought new attention to every aspect of policing. This project was undertaken to study a ubiquitous portion of daily police life: the patrol uniform.


Leadership In A South African Context, Sara E. Brown, Elsbeth K. Paige-Jeffers Apr 2017

Leadership In A South African Context, Sara E. Brown, Elsbeth K. Paige-Jeffers

Thinking Matters Symposium

The Montagu Project at its core is an inspiring example of cross-cultural leadership, community engagement, friendship, and sustainable partnership. The collective impact of the University of Southern Maine, the Rural Arts Development (RAD) Foundation, and the Red Zebra Foundation reaches far beyond the week they meet as The Montagu Project. Each one of these partners promotes global leadership, global awareness, leadership development, community engagement, and the empowerment of youth.


Animal Welfare: Measuring Strategies For Improving Lives, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers Jan 2017

Animal Welfare: Measuring Strategies For Improving Lives, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers

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Animals are sentient creatures entitled to humane treatment and lives of dignity. There are many fields which address this notion, including animal welfare science, ethics, law, policy, and veterinary science. Such a multi-disciplinary approach to animal welfare reveals numerous best practices which can be used to improve the way animals are conceived of and treated by both specialists and the public. However, despite this faceted consideration of animal welfare, there is a dearth of quantitative means to assess entities’ adherence to best practices. As such, the purpose of present study is to develop and refine an instrument which could be ...


An Examination Of Teacher Understandings Of Technology Integration At The Classroom Level, Shawn M. Carlson May 2016

An Examination Of Teacher Understandings Of Technology Integration At The Classroom Level, Shawn M. Carlson

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The purpose of this dissertation is to describe and understand how teachers describe the changes in their practices as a result of ten years participation in a one-to-one environment. This research study focuses on one successful middle school’s adoption of laptops to support teaching and learning. A qualitative study using interviews of key participants was undertaken with teachers and administrators. The Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework was used in conjunction with Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation framework to understand from the participants’ perspective changes to their practice. The results indicate teachers underwent changes in their use of technology ...


Capstone Summary Report, Kayla Blais Apr 2016

Capstone Summary Report, Kayla Blais

Muskie School Capstones and Dissertations

Leadership is vital to the practice of public health. The following review of current literature delves into present understanding of leaders that the public health field needs. As leadership within public health is being explored, specific skills required of future leaders, different types of leaders, and the impacts we can expect to see are being defined.


Rural Brain Drain: A Quantitative Study Of The Potential Impact On The Youth In Rural Aroostook County, Jill Bouchard Cairns Jan 2016

Rural Brain Drain: A Quantitative Study Of The Potential Impact On The Youth In Rural Aroostook County, Jill Bouchard Cairns

All Theses & Dissertations

The present research explores the phenomenon commonly referred to as rural brain drain and whether it occurs in rural, Aroostook County Maine. The aim of the study also included an examination of how family, friends, community, school counselors, teachers, social media and early college courses are impacting student decisions post-high school graduation.


Leadership Within Collegiate Student Organizations: Does Membership Contribute To Leadership Development?, Shawn Plante Jan 2016

Leadership Within Collegiate Student Organizations: Does Membership Contribute To Leadership Development?, Shawn Plante

All Theses & Dissertations

Student organizations vary in membership size, values, mission, and organizational structure, which can create a variety of leadership opportunities for students. However, there is an unclear understanding regarding the association between student organizational leadership, career preparation, and leadership development.


Effectiveness Of High-Fidelity Simulation In Changing Citizens’ Attitudes Toward Police, Jeffrey A. Pardue Jan 2016

Effectiveness Of High-Fidelity Simulation In Changing Citizens’ Attitudes Toward Police, Jeffrey A. Pardue

All Theses & Dissertations

The use of deadly force is the most serious decision a police officer has to make. Recent highly-publicized law enforcement lethal encounters have led to a growing need for police to proactively engage in educational discussions with community members in hopes of improving the perceptions of their work.


Communication Efficacy Using Technology Within Virtual Teams, Jeremy Daros Jan 2016

Communication Efficacy Using Technology Within Virtual Teams, Jeremy Daros

All Theses & Dissertations

Technology has given businesses the flexibility to allow employees to collaborate beyond the limitations of geography. Today’s businesses are taking advantage of collaborative teams that are separated by distance, but work together as if they are in the same room.


Engagement, Gamification, And Workplace Satisfaction: A Convergent Study Of User Indicators, Josiah J. Eikelboom Jan 2016

Engagement, Gamification, And Workplace Satisfaction: A Convergent Study Of User Indicators, Josiah J. Eikelboom

All Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a correlation between the personal indicators of gamification users, game preferences, and workplace engagement. A three-part survey was deployed through an online, opt-in gamification platform in order to gauge individual user preferences.


Where Did All The Young People Go? Can The Organizations Of The State Of Maine Re-Enlist Its Native Youth?, Tyler Norman Mcpherson Jun 2015

Where Did All The Young People Go? Can The Organizations Of The State Of Maine Re-Enlist Its Native Youth?, Tyler Norman Mcpherson

All Theses & Dissertations

As Maine and other New England states continue to be amongst the oldest in the United States, organizations in these states continue to struggle to find and retain suitable younger replacements for their retiring leadership. As the millennia! generation continues to become a significant portion of the American workforce, learning how to connect with, recruit, and retain this generation will prove useful when leadership succession is required. By exploring how this generation was nurtured and educated, we can begin to understand ways, such as non-traditional or reverse mentoring relationships, that New England's organizations can begin to recruit and retain ...


Motivating The Generations: Implications For The Higher Education Workplace, Jennifer Smith May 2015

Motivating The Generations: Implications For The Higher Education Workplace, Jennifer Smith

All Theses & Dissertations

Motivated employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. Motivation boosts better performance and productivity on the part of workers, so determining the best ways to encourage employee motivation is significant. This thesis examines the ranked importance of motivational factors of salaried/professional and hourly/classified, full-time employees at the University of Southern Maine.