Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Sociology and Anthropology
Frederick O. Lorenz
Charles L. Mulford
This study examines corporate contributions in small communities. Three organization theories: resource dependence, strategic choice and institutional theory are used to set a framework for analyzing the factors that influence small corporations to contribute various resources to their host communities. Several hypotheses are derived from these theories and tested with 1987 survey data from small manufacturing businesses operating in small communities in Iowa;First, the impact of contextual factors: dominance, headquarter location, history, dependence, and community need is examined. Second, the effect of community-organization variables: interaction, influence, and commitment is also estimated;The results show that interface variables are the strongest predictors of contributions. Of all the contextual variables examined in this study, only dominance and dependence showed a significant impact on contributions through interaction. Furthermore, dominance showed a substantial indirect effect on contributions. Overall, the proportion of the variance explained by the proposed model is 37.75 percent.
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Dan Rubarema Muhwezi
Muhwezi, Dan Rubarema, "Corporate contributions: an empirical assessment of the underlying factors among small business organizations " (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 11210.