Jesse Levin

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Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies


There are many organizations that are involved in the community; so why is Timberland-unique? In 1990, Timberland began a relationship with City Year, a non- profit corps-based service organization. This relationship evolved into a $5 million a year partnership between the two organizations. The two organizations provide an example of a working partnership between a for-profit business and a non-profit organization that changes many conceptions of corporate philanthropy.

The purpose for this case study is to test the applicability and validity of Gill Hickman's emerging conceptual framework, "transformistic organizations," within the context of the Timberland Corporation. The Timberland model will ideally demonstrate strengths, weaknesses, and new areas for development of Hickman's model.

As Timberland serves, it also transforms, and thus these two leadership theories work alongside one another in Hickman's transformistic framework to facilitate the remarkable outcome demonstrated throughout this study. The workings of these two leadership theories, servant and transforming, contribute to the development of individuals as both workers and as responsible members of society.