Utilizing Organizational and Motivational Theories to Establish a Strong Organizational Culture for the Kalamazoo College Council of Student Representatives
Freshwater, Ian V.
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The Kalamazoo College Council of Student Representatives (KCCSR) was officially established in 2019 with the ratification of its constitution. As a new body, it is critical that the internal strength of the organization be as strong as the external perceptions. Therefore, it is vital to have an organizational culture that promotes the engagement and commitment of its members above and beyond expectations. Bolman and Deal (1997), describe four frames, Structural, Human Resource, Political and Symbolic, to understand how organizations operate and the culture in which they develop. In addition, Self-Determination Theory, a motivational theory, states that both extrinsic and intrinsic factors motivate people (Deci and Ryan 2000). Utilizing these theories, I analyze the past and present forms of Kalamazoo College’s Student Government as well as how these theories can be used to create a strong organization. I then develop these three elements that will help establish the foundation of such an organization. These elements include, the creation of mission, vision and values statements, a KCCSR Orientation Handbook, and a Recognition Program to be introduced to KCCSR. These programs intertwine with one another to establish the foundation of a multi-frame culture. Furthermore, the Recognition Program is designed to effectively motivate both extrinsically and intrinsically motivated individuals. With a foundation culture in place, future leaders of KCCSR can develop these further to ensure a strong and effective organization.
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