Inner-city revitalization is one primary goal of municipal leaders, yet it remains controversial in that it requires the entire municipality to become an organized system operating as an organization. All parties involved in the process of inner-city revitalization must be engaged and willing to undergo the proposed changes. These changes include creating multiple streams of revenue for the city, creating jobs for community members, and encouraging community engagement to develop healthy and happy communities. As leaders engage in this pursuit, they must have a thorough understanding of leadership's critical task to develop an organizational culture that aligns with the mission and vision of inner-city revitalization. Denison and Mishra (1995) pointed out that organizational culture is a key factor of an organization's effectiveness and can be used and manipulated to improve an organization's effectiveness. In this mixed-method study, I examined inner-city revitalization outcomes and the organizational culture within one city in the State of California. This research study included a survey of employees in city government, interviews with selected employees, and an examination of organizational documentation. Although the study is mostly qualitative, it also included descriptive statistics regarding organization culture and inner-city revitalization within the municipality. This study's results may empower urban cities’ governing bodies to use organizational culture to create inner-city revitalization policies and strategies that can produce successful outcomes.

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Urban renewal; Leadership; Government employees--California

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Latrissa Lee Neiworth