School of Advanced Studies Well-Represented at 17th Annual ILA Conference

School of Advanced Studies Well-Represented at 17th Annual ILA Conference

Recently, SAS leadership identified the International Leadership Associations’ annual conference as extremely valuable to our Research Centers and faculty. Over the course of a year, a fledgling (and now bustling) Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research initiated a focused effort to present and otherwise participate in the event. Using previous and current research projects and publications, five fellows and students presented, in addition to the attendance of SAS faculty and leadership.

About the Event

The event took place in Barcelona, Spain from October 14th to 17th, 2015. The theme “Leading Across Borders and Generations” focused on both the individual and the processes and structures of leadership in any organization. In addition to attending, University of Phoenix was a silver-level sponsor. The 2016 event is scheduled to take place on November 2nd through 6th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Planning to Participate in Atlanta? The call for proposals is already open online for the 2016 event. Visit their conference website to learn more, and be sure to reach out to your Research Center Chair. They may be able to help!

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ILA University of Phoenix Research Presentations

University of Phoenix presenters and topics are listed below. Visit the conference’s online program to learn more and view presentation materials.

Developing a Leader Identity: Girls Experiential Learning from Work and Play

Chaired by Lynne E. Devnew, Online Faculty and Research Fellow, Center for Leadership and Educational Research

This discussion highlighted aspects of a collaborative autoethnographic study of the development of seven women’s individual leader identities. After an introductory overview of the 18 month old collaboration, participant-researchers will address one of the themes identified in the women’s autoethnographies of their childhood and youth — experiential learning. Panelists shared emergent reflections that relate to play (such as free play, church activities, sports, and extracurricular activities) and to work (such as chore-routines, volunteer work, and school-work).

Additionally, Lynne worked with Monigo Saygbay-Hallie, a University of Phoenix doctoral student, and Anne L. Benning, independent researcher and co-author, to present the presentation below:

Women Leaders in Context: Women Business Leaders and Female Executives on Corporate Boards

Their portion of the presentation, “Exploring Women Directors’ Influence on the Decision Making of Corporate Boards in the Biotechnology Industry” shared a literature review, research plan, and results available at presentation time for an interpretative phenomenological study of women directors’ perceptions of women’s influence on the decision making of U.S. boards of directors in the biotechnology industry.

The Potential Leader and Integral Leadership, Boundaries, Theories, Practices and Intersections

Mark McCaslin, Senior University Research Chair, Center for Leadership and Educational Research

The presenter introduced and discussed the potential leader, the potentiator. Additionally, this paper seeks to advance the nature of leadership as an actualizing force for unrealized human potentials. Because of the metamotive constructs involved, this advancement affects the way we understand the nature of individuals working in leader roles.

Learn more about Mark’s leadership and works to date.

A University of Phoenix Customer Experience Research Center Assessment Study

Erik Bean, Research Fellow, Center for Leadership and Educational Research

Little is known of the academy’s use of customer experience (CX) leadership. This quantitative content analysis and brief survey study examined a default CX website iteration to hone its communication promises and show the current personas of its customers.

Scholarly Leadership as a Function of Doctoral Education

Jason D. Flora, Faculty and Research Fellow, Center for Leadership and Educational Research

An often overlooked aspect of dissertation research is its power to professionally transform the potentials of all concerned — the candidate, chair, and committee. From the lens of experiential learning, the dissertation process becomes a developmental and educational leadership event. The presentation focused on this topic from the perspective of the doctoral mentor/chair.

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