Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cracking the transition code: A paradigmatic framework of competencies that construct the reality of 50+ Black executive transitions
by Foster, Jylla Moore, Ph.D., Benedictine University, 2009, 267; 3367130
Abstract (Summary)

This study explores the competencies that Black executives who are 50+ years of age have successfully employed to navigate from their first careers to their second pursuit. An unprecedented group of talented individuals, their history of achievement is herein recognized as their first careers. Transitioning from first careers to a significant and successful second pursuit is the subject that this research examines.

A sequential mixed methods approach integrated interviews and extant literature regarding adult development, career development, and transition theory to offer a foundation of conceptual categorical constructs for successful transitions. These constructs—skills, values, success, work expectations, and life attributes—were used to develop a transition survey that utilized a retrospective and concurrent design with two time frames; retrospective with respect to first careers and concurrent with regards to the second pursuit. Quantitative and qualitative data derived from the survey was analyzed and shown to provide evidence that identified the competencies that informed successful transitions. The study methodology provides scholars and practitioners, individuals and organizations, with empirical evidence and a framework of conceptual constructs that inform successful transitions from first careers to second pursuit.

Results identified twelve (12) competencies important to master in the first careers as anchors for transition to second pursuit—building relationships, influence, trustworthiness, character, communication, interpersonal relationships, positive attitude, results orientation, “I Can” credo, self confidence, adaptability, and follow through. Further, twelve (12) competencies were identified as critical to success in the second pursuit—community consciousness, meaningfulness, concern for form, love of ideas, gratitude, spiritual, life/work balance, self care, inner peace, networking, expression, and passion. The study also revealed one (1) competency that was present in both first careers and second pursuit—performance—while the need for four (4) competencies declined significantly from first careers to second pursuit—career growth, adaptation to management/culture, beating competition, and competence. Examining these four groups of competencies formed the foundation for The Transition Competency Optimization Model© which will be used to structure future research and to organize individuals into communities of engagement that can contribute to the resolution of society's greatest challenges.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tenkasi, Ramkrishnan V.
School: Benedictine University
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Philosophy, Management
Keywords: Adult development, African American, Black, Black executive, Career, Career transitions, Competencies, Retirement, Transition
Publication Number: 3367130
ISBN: 978-1-109-26574-3
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