Leah Michelle Burton, Ph.D. is a 2021 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Leah Michelle Burton at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi, Committee Member, Dr. Jon Wergin, Committee Chair, Dr. Chris Benner, Committee Member.
- Jon Wergin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Aqeel Tirmizi, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Chris Benner, Ph.D., Committee Member
emancipatory action research, capitalism, general systems theory, Paolo Freire, ethics
The purpose of this study is to better understand how to influence capitalist attitudes and drive more capital towards social good. This is why we must explore the prospect of emancipating the capitalists from capitalism. This study identifies capitalism as a form of oppression that is contributing to a newly developed ethics of capital, a term introduced in this study. Emancipatory action research and general systems theory were employed as the primary approaches to engaging a group of venture capitalists and finance professionals in activities and dialogues. Value2 is the theory of action I use to influence the attitudes of the participants in the study. I developed the Emancipatory Action Map as a tool for capturing the epistemological process catalyzed by Value2. The findings identified common themes and contrasts, such as how participants rationalized their problem-solving, how they responded to the isomorphism between systems operating within capitalism, and how they experienced their own agency in relationship to the problem of driving more capital towards social good. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, https://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/etd.
Burton, L. M. (2021). Influencing Capitalist Attitudes to Drive More Capital Towards Social Good. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/724
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