Anthony James Scriffignano, Ph.D. is a 2010 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dissertation Committee

  • Mitchell Kusy, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • James Krefft, Ph.D., External Reader


alliance, multicultural, leadership, asymmetric, strategic, mixed methods, collaboration, multilingual, partnership, multi-case study, change leadership, multinational, coalition, cooperation, business, management, global, international, globalization

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Global economics and other factors make it increasingly difficult for organizations to operate within the boundaries of one country in a rational way (e.g., leveraging best practices, profitable, achieving goals). In this study, I looked at strategic business alliances, transcending simple quid pro quo relationships to deliver ongoing partner value. I refined my study to multicultural relationships, having differing cultural identities (i.e., ideas, heritage, language, or demographics from differing geographies). Finally, I considered asymmetry (i.e., inequity in working relationship). Using a mixed-methodology design, I surveyed alliance participants and interviewed participants from selected alliances. A multi-case study addresses emergent themes of participants from these alliances, day-to-day experiences, and ways in which leaders intervened. Drawing from these experiences, observations are presented about the nature of these alliances and their increasing contemporary relevance. The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible at the OhioLINK ETD Center,