Date of Conferral



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


Business Administration


Rocky Dwyer


The purpose of this single case study was to explore enterprise risk management strategies that nonprofit business leaders used to maintain and improve organizational sustainability. The study population included 3 executive leaders from a rehabilitation and social services nonprofit agency located in the northeastern United States. The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations integrated enterprise risk management framework was the conceptual lens used in this study. Data were collected through semistructured interviews with the 3 executive leaders of the client organization and review of internal, external, and publicly available documents. Data and information from documents and interviews were manually coded. Findings were validated through data triangulation and member checking to help ensure accuracy, consistency, and credibility. Several overarching themes emerged from data analysis related to managing risk for sustainability: a commitment to culture and the mission, vision and values; operational efficiencies to build a financially strong organization; engagement of executive staff and board members; and addressing staffing needs for ongoing operations to meet client needs. Findings from this study might contribute to positive social change by providing nonprofit leaders with enterprise risk management strategies and processes to maintain and improve organizational performance, thereby helping to ensure leaders’ ability to serve and improve their communities.