An Organization's Priority: A Study of How and Why a Culture Controls

The researcher‘s purpose of this study was to answer the question “How do organizations prioritize themselves in order to survive?” To answer this question many applications were used to research the organization‘s management structure, decision making processes, and Lifestyle. To identify the organizational priority of Watershed Public-Charter School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an Organizational Lifestyle (OL) assessment, developed by Dr. William Premo of Adler Graduated School in Richfield Minnesota, was the focal point. Other methods used, in aggregate, were: surveys, interview questions and observations and by also uncovering the management structure and decision making process. Surveys were given to the nine members of the Watershed board to discover the Organizational Concept, Organizational Ideal, Environmental Ideas, and Ethical Convictions. The observations were taken by attending board meetings and reviewing organizational documents that showed the management structure and decision making processes. Interviews were conducted to support the findings of the surveys and observations. The process of the study has concluded that the fear of moving away from the remaining Waldorf values has undermined the leadership of the school. Waldorf is an educational philosophy founded by Rudolf Steiner in the early 1900‘s. This passive pattern of behavior suggests that the priority of Watershed is to protect the culture of Waldorf by controlling leadership‘s effectiveness. This priority of control has fundamentally caused issues with academic achievement and mounting financial debt. The recommendations made to the board leadership are to develop long-term priorities in order to regain organizational viability.

Matt Swiridow
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