Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Resilient and Thriving Leadership in Extreme and Prolonged Chaotic Milieus
by Noumair, Edgar, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2018, 304; 10827552
Abstract (Summary)

The global occurrence of extreme chaos raises the need to understand how mid-size business entrepreneurs can develop resilience and maintain growth in the face of such conditions. This research proposes new paradigms in understanding resilient leadership and entrepreneurship in these environments, and in turn, transferred them to other settings. I use empirical and reflexive qualitative research to analyze the discovery process, conducting phenomenological and exploratory observations of entrepreneurs in the Levant area—specifically business owners from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq who navigated the disruption of prolonged wars, deeply corrupt systems and economic uncertainties, using sophisticated strategies to navigate the chaos. I extrapolate the data from auto-ethnographic observations of my own business dealings in the region, several open discussions, and business focus groups of 12 business leaders in those countries to reflect on their experiences.

These business leaders are the owners of medium- to large-sized manufacturing facilities, agribusiness, consumer goods and construction raw material companies, as well as small banks and other entities. Their stories detail the leadership narratives that build resilience and growth; their responses contribute to a better understanding of how business leaders remain resilient and thrive in the midst of extensive and prolonged chaotic milieus. The findings highlight new tactics used by entrepreneurs doing business in uncertain environments. The data inform a set of 12 unique narratives. These stories, and the results of the research, also help leaders and their entities master the challenges of doing business in situations of extreme conflict or any complicated settings for that matter. Future business leaders will be able to use this knowledge and transpose it to leadership capability development tools. These are tools for being adaptive, malleable, resilient and thriving leaders in the midst of disruption and chaotic settings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nakkula, Michael
Commitee: Cline, Preston, Gergen, Kenneth
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Chief Learning Officer
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Management
Keywords: Gaming, Pivoting, Reciprocity, Resilience, Social constructionism, Thriving
Publication Number: 10827552
ISBN: 978-0-438-33894-4
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