Scott J. Allen, Ph.D. is a 2006 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dissertation Committee

  • Jon Wergin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Richard Couto, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Jim Crawford, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Cynthia McCauley, Ph.D., External Reader


Leadership Development, Evaluation, Leadership, User-Focused Theory of Action

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The central purpose of the present study was to examine how academic notions of leadership development compare and contrast with the theory of action that guides corporate leadership development initiatives. A secondary purpose was to analyze the process and potential extensions of the user-focused theory of action approach. Initial findings suggest that the user-focused theory of action approach is transferable to the case studied. In addition, an analysis of the leadership development literature and the Frontline Leadership Excellence System yielded a thought-provoking comparison of theory and practice. The study also provided an analysis of literature gaps and useful suggestions regarding the user-focused theory of action process and extensions for practice.