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The Positive Deviance Phenomenon of Leading Successful Strategic Change

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Title
The Positive Deviance Phenomenon of Leading Successful Strategic Change
Abstract
The high failure rates of strategic change threaten organizational sustainability. The focus of this phenomenological study was to explore how the positive deviance phenomenon and strategies manifest through the lived experience of successful Canadian financial services strategic change leaders. The conceptual framework included the potential business performance gains attributed to Sternin and Sternin's positive deviance concept and Lewin's change management theory. Twenty-two Canadian leaders, with an average of 19 years leading change, participated in semistructured telephone interviews. A systematic inductive analysis was employed to identify emergent themes in the data, which resulted in 4 dimensions of leading successful strategic change: leaderful identity, deep skill set, strategic behaviors, and organizational context. These dimensions culminated in the Leading Successful Strategic Change: The 4 Factor Formula. In a change-resistant organization, the 4 Factor Formula leader can influence successful change and shift industries, communities, and countries forward. Findings might serve as a road map for individual and applied business course development and selection criteria for senior leaders. Future research may confirm transferability of the 4 Factor Formula to other business applications. The practical reservoir of actionable findings and resources supports a leadership development path for executing sustainable positive social change.
Type
D.B.A.
University
Walden University
Place
Minneapolis
Date
2014
# of Pages
348
Language
English
Accessed
2014-10-07T11:47:16Z
Library Catalog
ProQuest
Rights
Copyright ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing 2014
Citation
Johnson Morris, G. (2014). The Positive Deviance Phenomenon of Leading Successful Strategic Change [D.B.A., Walden University]. http://search.proquest.com/docview/1549542552/abstract?accountid=8579