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Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jimerson, Randall C.

Second Advisor

Neem, Johann N.

Third Advisor

Mariz, George


This thesis examines archival and records management institutions' organizational culture, as well as the impact that organizational culture has on supporting the success and goals of the institution. Most archival organizations are comprised of a limited number of staff, along with very limited funding. The intent of this research thesis is to explore and identify the essential components of leadership and teambuilding that are most effective in the unique setting and structure of archival and records management institutions. In order to identify the essential components that correlate with the overall success of the archival and records management institution, a survey was distributed over the Society of American Archivist's listserv. The survey was utilized to establish organizational demographics and quantifiable identifiers that correlated with overall institutional success. In order to measure more subjective areas, such as leadership and teambuilding, the participants were asked to evaluate and appraise the presence, or effectiveness, of leadership and teambuilding factors. These factors include: collaboration, goal-setting, management style etc. Finally, to provide a quantification of overall institutional success, I asked participants to classify and appraise the overall success of their institution. The final section of this thesis summarizes the results of the survey. In summary, the components that correlate most with the overall institutional success are: leadership from the middle, participative management style, work team collaboration, and goal setting.





Western Washington University

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Subject – LCSH

Archives--Administration; Leadership; Teams in the workplace




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