Title page for ETD etd-01242012-152651

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Richard, Brett Wayne
Author's Email Address brettrichard2@gmail.com
URN etd-01242012-152651
Title The Use of Discrete Computer Simulation Modeling to Estimate the Direct and Diffusion Effects of Leadership Development Intervention on Return on Investment
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Holton, Elwood F. III Committee Chair
Burnett, Michael Committee Member
Johnson, Earl Committee Member
Verma, Satish Committee Member
Park, Seung-Jong Dean's Representative
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership Development
  • Cascading Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Domino Effect
  • Diffusion of Leadership
  • ROI
  • Return on Investment
  • Human Resources Development
  • Return on Development Investment
  • Leadership Intervention
Date of Defense 2011-11-28
Availability unrestricted
Organizational leaders seek monetary returns on their investments (ROI). Thus, making decisions to invest in human capital, such as in leadership development interventions, are often difficult due to the lack of research demonstrating monetary returns on development investment (RODI). Further, little research has been conducted on the diffusion effects of leadership development intervention, or returns on leadership diffusion (ROLD). This research expands on previous research conducted by Avolio, Avey & Quinsenberry (2010), which was the first attempt to estimate RODI using utility analysis. This study is unique in that it uses computer simulation modeling along with current research data to generate random distributions of each utility analysis variable to estimate RODI. Comparisons of RODI methods are conducted. Further, the study incorporates a logistical growth model based on exponential growth theory and Diffusion of Innovation theory to estimate the returns from leadership diffusion.
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