Leadership Values Influencing Decision-Making: An Examination of Nine Islamic, Hindu, and Christian Non-profit Institutions in USA. South Asian Journal of Management, January-March 2008, 15,1: 24-41. ISSN: 0971-5428.
The purpose of the present study is to examine the relationship between decision making, values, and leadership. The study argues that the values of individual leaders can shape the processes of decision-making.
Place: SECoPA Conference Charleston, SC, USA
Date: September 30 October 4, 2015
Sponsored by: This research has been funded by a generous research grant from the Advanced Research Program at United Arab Emirates University #31H086 - UPAR(2)2014
The purpose of the present study is to examine the relationship between decision making, values, and leadership. The study argues that the values of individual leaders can shape the processes of decision-making. Participant observation, content analysis of institutional archives, and structured interview methods are utilized in nine American nonprofit institutions that represent three major faiths in the country, namely Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. The study indicates there are four major organizational values that can characterize decision-making, namely emphasis on learning, balancing human and organizational interests, mutuality, and self-criticism. The study reports that these values create an organizational culture that dominates the decision-making process, and makes it a cultural phenomenon within the institution. The paper discusses the implications of these findings and their relationship with organizational change.