Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1990

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Frederick O. Lorenz

Second Advisor

Charles L. Mulford

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-10289

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Dan Rubarema Muhwezi

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9035105

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

162 pages

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Sociology Commons

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