Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Next-Stage Organizations: A Transdisciplinary Case Study
by Reynolds, Eric M., Ph.D., Saybrook University, 2019, 185; 13898952
Abstract (Summary)

This study provides a heretofore absent methodological foundation and method for researching Next-Stage Organizations and the correlation between adult and organizational development. The research question related to the effectiveness of the method in ascertaining how a Founder/CEO’s development informs that of an organization. The larger context was the adaptive challenges of recognizing humanities role in the unprecedented damage wreaked on planet Earth, focusing on organizations and leaders poised to influence policy and strategy and, consequently, individual and group development.

This qualitative study employed an embedded, multiple-case study design recruiting 3 participants from the sample of CEO’s in Laloux’s (2014) Reinventing Organizations. Data were gathered from organizational websites, interviews with each participant, and sentence completion data from O’Fallon’s STAGES assessment of each participant, and sorted and analyzed using a unique combination of Nicolescuian transdisciplinarity, integral methodological pluralism, Banathy’s three lenses, and O’Fallon’s STAGES theory.

The findings placed 2 participants and their associated organizations at 4.0, and one at 5.5 with the associated organization at 4.5. Pattern matching showed an alignment with McCauley Drath, Palus, O’Connor, and Baker (2006) propositions of adult development. Further analysis generated a case-inspired Next-Stage organizational profile using thematic codes. Organizational data showed similar distributions of scores and themes to the 3 participants, implying a direct relationship between the Founder/CEO development and systems of belief and those of the organization. Results further corroborated Laloux’s (2014) assertion that his research is a composite representation of an organization operating at the 4.5 level. A graphic synthesis of Nicolescuian transdisciplinarity, Integral Methodological Pluralism, Banathy’s 3 lenses, and Laloux’s 3 breakthroughs is offered as a unique contribution of this research.

This study highlighted the importance of how postformal/postconvential individuals and organizations navigate the postnormal reality, VUCA conditions, and wicked problems of the Anthropocene. Answering these challenges implies a possible path of global collaboration with the potential to lead toward a regenerative planetary populace educated as symbiotic stewards of our planet (Wahl, 2006). Although this research marks a step toward identifying organizations on the cutting edge, much more research needs to be done to ensure the survival and collective evolution of our species.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Piazza, Charles
Commitee: Laszlo, Kathia, Jaffe, Dennis
School: Saybrook University
Department: Organizational Systems
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Developmental psychology, Organization Theory
Keywords: Adult development, Anthropocene, Integral methodological pluralism, Laloux, Next-stage organizations, Transdisciplinarity
Publication Number: 13898952
ISBN: 9781085610643
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