Jeff Girton, Ph.D. is a 2019 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Girton at his Dissertation Defense.
L-R: Dr. Brandelyn Tosolt, Committee Member, Dr. Carol Baron, Committee Member, Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Chair.
- Lize Booysen, DBL, Committee Chair
- Carol Baron, Ph.D., Committee Member
Brandelyn Tosolt, Ph.D., Committee Member
Four decades of research on power distance have been applied to cross-cultural leadership studies on an inter-national level. A quantitative investigation was conducted to analyze a uniquely American narrative of power distance, which was developed through a post-structural epistemology. Using ANTi-History theory, endorsement of the Great Man Theory was argued to be a leadership ethos that is related to American power distance value. The GLOBE project’s Power Distance Subscale, Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner’s Achievement Versus Ascription Scale, and an author-developed scale for self-reported endorsement of the Great Man Theory was deployed to investigate culturally contingent leadership ethos on an intra-national level within a representative U.S. American sample. The study was able to validate the Social Authority Scale, using items from the Power Distance Subscale and Achievement Versus Ascription Scale. Demographic measurements of 645 participants from a convenience sample were analyzed to understand how social identity influenced this leadership construct. Significant variations were found based upon American social identities. Implications for intra-national cross-cultural leadership theory are discussed, as well as empirical and theoretical based implications for leadership practitioners. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/
Girton, J. M. (2019). United I Stand: An Investigation of Power Distance Value and Endorsement of the Great Man Theory Through American Social Identities. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/523
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