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The effect of personality type and team roles on social innovation model at Zimbabwean nongovernmental organisations.

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The research involved Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with a Social Innovation agenda in Zimbabwe. All NGO participants were affiliates of the National Association of Non- Governmental Organisations. The study was built on existing literature and was centered on the effect of team roles and personality types on social innovation donor support in National NGOs in Zimbabwe using the Belbin Team role and Myers Briggs Type Indicator Personality type tests. The study utilized a quantitative approach based on correlation research designs. In the operationalization of this study, the population comprised Management level employees from 50 Local NGOs in Harare and Manicaland territories of Zimbabwe. The 50 NGOs making the population were those with a social development motivation. Disproportionate stratified irregular sampling was utilized to come up with the sample. One way ANOVA and Multinomial logistic regression analysis using SPSS Statistics were used as models for data analysis. The major findings revealed that there was some degree of co-relation between personality types and donor funding of social innovation. Guardian and Giver were found to be the most influential personality types. Also some co-relation was found between team roles and donor funding for social innovation in Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe with Sharper and Monitor being the most influential team roles. The trend observed indicated that there is a higher possibility of increasing donor funding in a Non-Governmental organisation that employs people with Guardian and Giver personality types and Sharper and monitor team roles in any portfolio of finance manager, project Manager and Human Resource Manager. The key recommendation is to blend much of Guardian and Giver personality types with sharper and monitor team roles in the selection of senior management employees in Non-Governmental Organisations that rely on donor support for their Social Innovation agenda. The findings of this study will empower NGOs in Zimbabwe to improve the way they handle social advancement. The study makes an original contribution to new knowledge through the development of the Donor funding Statistically Significant variables Performance Model for NGOs in Stressed Economies.


Doctoral Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.