Date of Conferral
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Community bank managers are struggling with the implementation of the many new regulations promulgated over the past several years. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore strategies community bank managers in Pennsylvania use to implement new financial regulations. The population of interest included all community banks in Pennsylvania. For purposes of this study, a community bank was defined in terms of an asset size less than $500 million. Two community banks in Pennsylvania were selected, and 3 participants at each bank were interviewed. The participants included the chief executive officer, the compliance manager, and a mortgage lender. The transcribed interviews were analyzed using keyword frequency comparisons and cluster analysis. Member checking and triangulation of interview data and public company data (e.g., press releases) were employed to ensure trustworthy interpretation of data. Four major themes were identified, including leadership, training, collaboration, and organizational structure. Systems theory was the conceptual framework that guided this multiple case study. The board of directors, senior managers, and compliance managers can apply the recommendations to improve the approach to regulatory implementation in their organizations. The implication for positive social change includes the potential to sustain or increase the availability of loans to small businesses in the United States.