Susan Wiedemann, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Susan Wiedemann at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Member, Dr.Philomena Essed, Committee Chair, Dr. Natalie Underberg-Goode, Committee Member (not shown)
- Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Natalie Underberg-Goode, Ph.D., Committee Member
Leadership, Ethics, Ethical, Public Service Motivation, Military Veteran, Graves Registration, WWII, Patriotism, Liberty, Duty, Honor, Non-profit
This qualitative research study explored the influence of life experiences and personal ethics of George Ciampa, a United States military veteran; his work in establishing American military cemeteries in Europe; and later work as a community leader committed to teaching American youth about the cost of freedom. Dimensions of ethical leadership and public service motivation served as the theoretical framework for the study. The research extended knowledge on ethical constructs within the fields of leadership studies and public administration; recorded personal experiences that were absent in military historical archives; and increased awareness of aspects of the U.S. military subculture. The research exploration was guided by an overarching question of how Ciampa reflected on his sense of public service over his lifetime. The study employed narrative life story methodology and visual research methods. Data collection was an iterative process and included segmented life story interviews and historical archival research. Findings included identification of a major theme (liberty) and three supporting sub-themes (duty, honor, and country) influencing Ciampa’s life and leadership path. A comparative analysis of the themes discovered with shared tenets of ethical leadership and public service motivation is provided. 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/.
Wiedemann, S. M. (2020). Ethical Leadership: Life Story of George Ciampa, U.S. WWII Military Veteran and Community Leader. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/575