Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Developing the Next Generation of Organization Leaders: A Gap Analysis
by Akiyoshi, Laurence Francesco, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2018, 222; 10747722
Abstract (Summary)

This research study utilized the gap analysis framework developed by Clark and Estes (2008) as foundational scaffolding to understand how a highly successful pre-IPO technology company is addressing the development of its next generation of executive leaders. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, motivation, and organizational assets and barriers influencing the ability of direct reports to the executive leadership team to develop the critical leadership competencies needed to advance into executive leadership positions, or to assume more complex leadership roles as the organization continues to grow in size and scale. The design of this study drew from four principle data sources to understand and evaluate the current practices of leadership development; they included literature review, surveys, individual interviews and document analysis. The literature review identified fourteen requisite knowledge, motivation, and organizational influences. Through analysis of survey, interview, and historical document data, eight influences were validated of the fourteen initially identified. Key points from the eight influences recognized the need for a shared understanding of the leadership competencies needed by future leaders, that leadership development tools and infrastructure are in place to the development process, and that current executive leadership fosters an organization culture where developing future leaders is as high a priority as building valued products or revenue generation. The Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick New World Model (2016) was utilized in the development of recommendations and evaluation mechanisms. This model facilitates the development of a holistic approach in selecting recommendations to close the validated influence gaps and evaluation strategies to monitor and measure impact. While the results and recommendations from this study provide one unique company an approach to developing its next generation of leaders, selected recommendations may transfer to other organizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sundt, Melora
Commitee: Cummings, Thomas, MacCalla, Nicole
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Gap analysis, Kmo influences, Leadership, Leadership competency, Leadership development, Leadership succession
Publication Number: 10747722
ISBN: 978-0-438-06673-1
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