UC San Diego
Black Staff Engagement at a Major Research University in Relation to Strategic Planning, Innovation and Collaboration
- Author(s): Richmond, LaWana Nicole
- Advisor(s): Contreras, Frances
- et al.
Today’s public research university is constantly required to respond to financial,
regulatory, technological, political, social, and academic pressures. Frequently, the
response is to initiate strategic planning and innovation efforts. The success of those
efforts rely largely upon execution which is dependent upon staff at every level of the
organization. This qualitative phenomenological study used appreciative inquiry as its
method of inquiry as well as its analytical lens to explore the experiences of Black staff
in various roles at a primarily non-Black public R1 research university. Participants
were actively involved in the execution of plans developed to address various areas and
objectives, but not very involved in the process of providing input for inclusion in any of
the plans. Leadership and supervision are critical influencers of drivers as well as drivers
of staff engagement.