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Undergraduate and Graduate Presentations, Theses, and Dissertations

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Graduate Research

The role of Mezirow's ten phases of transformative learning in the development of global leaders

The demand for leaders able to navigate the complexity of multinational circumstances working with and through people of multicultural backgrounds is greater today than ever before. Corporations, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies and operations are all dealing with a globalized marketplace and economy. Work and the dynamics at play are ... more

Examining the leadership characteristics of Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen through the lens of transformational leadership theory: a critical discourse analysis of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire and Mockingjay: The Final Book of the Hunger Games

Good leadership is arguably important to the success of any organization, nation, or people. Research over the last 50 years indicates that transformational leaders are desirable and that such leaders can be developed. This research assessed whether and to what extent the protagonists in Harry Potter and The Goblet of ... more

A quantitative study measuring the relationship between mindset and psychological well-being among high achieving college-bound students attending private Christian high schools in Orange County, California

The culture of American education is largely predicated on acquiring the proverbial golden ticket for entrance to an esteemed college has produced the most anxious, stressed, and sleep-deprived generation ever (Jones & Jones, 2006). As students strive to graduate from high school with perfected profiles that impress and garner admission ... more

A study of cross cultural and communication barriers that exist when trying to conduct business between U.S. based companies and South America

In today's business environment, companies face difficulty growing their market share due to a highly competitive business environment. This competitive environment is attributed to globalization, which has reduced borders and allowed free flow of merchandise from one country to another. Globalization creates more competition for companies making it difficult to ... more

How do organizations create and sustain vitality in a multigenerational workforce

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine and identify the best practices and strategies for human resources managers and organizational leaders to utilize to decrease the generational gaps amongst the four generations currently employed in the labor force, and to create and sustain a vital, multigenerational workforce. ... more