Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Management (DMgt)

First Advisor

Joel Adler

Second Advisor

John Pourdehnad

Third Advisor

Dominick Volini


The purpose of this capstone is to describe how a Hybrid Holistic Thinking Approach has helped the author analyze the Seabrook Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) review its perceived relevance as a national civil rights organization, address its systemic challenges, and reset the organization.

A quantitative, quasi-experimental research design was implemented to address organization improvement. The study targeted the Seabrook JACL, a non-profit, civil rights organization to review its current state and its challenges and synthesize a compelling argument for organizational change. The capstone implemented a participative style of problem management utilizing a Hybrid Holistic Thinking Approach to reset the Seabrook Chapter of the JACL.

Specifically, this capstone describes how the author assessed the Seabrook JACL members and Asian American Pacific Islander non-member attitudes toward the organization transformation. A survey was presented to over 100 Seabrook JACL members and 900 Asian American Pacific Islanders and the results were analyzed by a participative style of problem management. The instrument used a 5-point Likert scale to assess significant perceptions and analyzed the systemic environment of the Seabrook JACL through three themes. This Capstone Research study conveys the need for additional analysis and serves as a reference to assist other JACL chapters for their future.


A capstone submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership.