Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects


Yicheng Qin

Date of Award

Spring 2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Political Science


The Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character (SILEC) is an academic department to develop and promote ethical leadership among individuals and organizations through education, service and applied research. SILEC leadership changed recently while a new interim executive director brought in a leadership style that is transformational and supports the team concept. The strategic plan of FY2009-2010 demonstrates SILEC will devote more efforts to courses development.

By using leadership and ethics knowledge to analyze Liuzhou City Museum (LCM), I emphasize attention to grow ethics culture in effective stewardship and create accountability mechanism to reduce ethics risk. And I also use SILEC moral decision making model to analyze the issue about whether to deduct wage when employees ask for leave. LCM has confronted financial pressure in raising and managing funds, and I make a feasibility research on for-profit and nonprofit social force intervention to museum management.

My experiences in SILEC included reading related books, article and news about leadership and ethics, researching on ethics in the arts, museums and global ethics and comparison with non-profit museum between China and America.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Ethics is the core competence in SILEC, but the lack of proper evaluation system and undeveloped demand market restrict improvement. My suggestions are establishing original leadership and ethics case base, innovating curriculum system, and enhancing online courses.