Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2010, Waterloo, Canada, Proceedings of the 54th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

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LEADERSHIP OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN THE AGED CARE SECTOR IN AUSTRALIA

Shankar Sankaran, Colleen Cartwright, Jacqueline Kelly, Kelly Shaw, Jeffrey Soar

Abstract


This paper will describe an organizational change program being envisaged to be carried out in two non-profit organizations in Australia that are providing health and community care. A pilot project was carried out to secure a research grant from the Australian Federal Government to carry out a three-year research project to strengthen leadership in non-profit organizations providing aged care. The paper will summarize the findings from the pilot project which used systems thinking approaches such as scenario planning. It will also explain an action research approach being adopted to test the leadership framework (developed through the pilot project and confirmed through the main project) in real environments. The research is expected to contribute to theory and practice of leadership in the not-for-profit organizations serving the aged care sector in Australia which is a national priority to be addressed.

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