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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)




James Savard


The lack of labor and financial resources in local Jamaican governments’ corporation negatively impacts senior management government officials’ sustainability efforts. Grounded in Buchanan’s and Tullock’s public choice theory, the purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences and perceptions of 20 randomly selected Jamaican senior management government officials from two local government corporations concerning the financial and human resource capacity issues. Data were collected using semistructured interviews, government documents, and public and government legislative data. The data were analyzed using the Smith and Osborn interpretative phenomenological analysis, and the Moustakas modified van Kaam 7-step analysis method. Three themes emerged: lack of financial resources, a lack of trained human resource personnel, and legislative disparity issues between local and central governments. Key recommendations for senior Jamaican management government officials are to assist with funding for community businesses, a reclassification of the staff in local government corporations, the establishment of a viable employee skill bank, and a clear line of demarcation between local and central governments. The implications for positive social change include the Jamaican local government corporation representative’s potential to increase human and financial resources to encourage meaningful social development.