From extensive research undertaken by Rensis Likert at the University of Michigan, a modified theory of administration has been developed which seeks to build upon all that worked best in previous approaches to administration.
Sufficient information from the writings of Joseph Smith, from diaries and journals of those who worked under his leadership have been used in this thesis and compared with the model of administration proposed by Likert. The results of this work were that Joseph Smith in his administration most often used a leadership approach described by Likert as Consultative and Participative.
This thesis also presents a model of administration advocated by Joseph Smith which has been constructed from a careful research of the Prophet's writings. The administration of Joseph Smith from 1830 to 1844 was also analyzed in detail.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Guthrie, Gary Dean, "Joseph Smith as an Administrator" (1969). All Theses and Dissertations. 4732.
Joseph Smith, 1805-1844, Leadership, Military leadership, political activity