Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development

Degree Program

Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, PhD

Committee Chair

Hancock, Meg

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Alagaraja, Meera

Committee Member

Alagaraja, Meera

Committee Member

Hums, Mary

Committee Member

Hambrick, Marion

Committee Member

Rivers, Ishwanzya

Author's Keywords

HBCU; athletics; strategic management; resources; dependence


This dissertation is a qualitative case study examination of the strategic management of critical resources in an HBCU athletic program. It begins with a historical overview of HBCUs and HBCU athletic departments focusing on the systemic and societal influences that contributed to the current state of HBCU athletic programs. This dissertation later discusses the influence of a lack of financial resources on HBCU athletic departments further depletes the ability to operate with a competitive advantage. Chapter One focuses on the historic background of HBCUs and their formation as well as the societal influences that depleted critical resources. Chapter Two covers the theoretical background of resource dependence theory and resource based theory as well as the use of those theories in business and in sport. Chapter Three outlines the methods used for this qualitative case study highlighting the unique elements of the study including the use of photovoice, video observations, and photos to capture evidence of a phenomenon. Results from the study identify and introduce the three themes of satisficing, personal attachment and “village” benevolence management practices found in this study.