Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Developing Effective Leadership: Exploring the State of Vertical Development in Practice
by Jones, Hannah Elise, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2018, 97; 10838070
Abstract (Summary)

This research builds upon arguments for the use of the psychological theory of adult vertical development to transform traditional organizational practices of leadership development, and build leaders needed for the future. The purpose of this study is to understand the current state of vertical development theories in organizational leadership development practices. Specifically, the research considers what strategies and practices are being used, and what challenges practitioners have faced in implementation. It was found that an organization’s success in implementing vertical development largely depended on three factors: 1) overall leadership development strategy, 2) ability to overcome new variations of organizational challenges that have long impeded leadership development, and 3) degree to which vertical development theories are used in practice. The details of this research illustrate that accelerating leadership capacity of an organization through the implementation of vertical development requires significant organizational commitment and change, and likely a new perspective on organizational change itself.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chesley, Julie
Commitee: Egan, Terri
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Implementation, Leadership, Leadership development, Organization development, Organizational change, Vertical development
Publication Number: 10838070
ISBN: 9780438415133
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