Faculty Profile: Nancy Southern

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Nancy Southern

School: Organizational Leadership and Transformation

Bio:
Since 1989, Dr. Southern has worked in the field of organizational development, consulting to public, corporate, and non-profit organizations and executive teams and teaching academic courses to mid-career managers. Dr. Southern's work is focused in facilitating transformational learning for individuals and organizations. She has an Ed.D from the University of San Francisco. Her doctoral work incorporated a cross-cultural study in the U.S. and China of leadership and learning for transformational change. She approaches her work through understanding how cultural beliefs and assumptions affect both individual and organization's ability to achieve the change they truly desire.

Dr. Southern participates in a number of professional organizations including the Society for Organizational Learning, the Transformative Learning community, the Organizational Development Network, and the International Society for Systems Sciences. Now living in New Mexico, she serves on the advisory board of Circles New Mexico, a community-based organization that is leveraging relationships and leadership development to end the cycle of poverty."

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Synergic Inquiry: Enhancing Cross-Cultural and Collective Capability
Nancy Southern and Bernice Moore
Organization Development Conference
New Orleans, LA, Oct 17-20, 2010

Putting Systems Thinking into Daily Practice
Nancy Southern and Mara Zabari
Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action Conference
Boston, MA  Nov. 8-10, 2010
http://www.systemsthinkinginaction.com/

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ed.D Organization and Leadership, 1997, University of San Francisco,
M.B.A. Executive Leadership, 1987, St. Mary's College of California,
B.A. Psychology, 1973, Sonoma State University

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Currently my work is focused on creating cultures of collaboration in public, private, and non-profit organizations and local communities. I work with senior and mid-management teams to help build their capacity for engaging in meaningful conversations and appreciative, critical inquiry to address their challenges and create the organizational changes they desire. I am a research member of the Global Society of Organizational Learning and a steward with the Bay Area Society of Organizational Learning and an active member in the Organizational Development network. I am on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transformative Education and the Organizational Development Practitioner. My research interests intersect culture, collaboration, community and innovation using qualitiative methodologies including action research, hermeneutics, and other interpretative approaches and transformative approaches. 

Current Publications

2009 Transforming Social Systems: Moving from Domination to Partnership. Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on Transformative Learning. Bermuda

 

2008 Co-Creating Living Systems that Thrive on Diversity, with Mary Lewis and Bernice Moore. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Systems Science.

 

2007 Co-Creating Living Systems that Thrive on Diversity, with Mary Lewis and Bernice Moore. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Transformative Learning.

 

2007 Mentoring for Transformative Learning: The Importance of Relationship to Create Communities of Care. Journal of Transformative Education, Vol. 5, No. 4, Sage Publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant Publications

Transforming Social Systems: Moving from Domination to Partnership. Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on Transformative Learning. Bermuda

 

2008 Co-Creating Living Systems that That Thrive on Diversity, with Mary Lewis and and Bernice Moore. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Systems Science.

 

2007 Co-Creating Living Systems that Thrive on Diversity, with Mary Lewis and Bernice Moore. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Transformative Learning.

 

2007 Mentoring for Transformative Learning: The Importance of Relationship to Create Communities of Care. Journal of Transformative Education, Vol. 5, No. 4, Sage Publications.

 

2005 Creating Cultures of Collaboration that Thrive on Diversity: A Transformative Perspective on Building Collaborative Capital. Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams, Vol. 11, Elsevier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Conference Presentations

Oct 08 Intentional Inquiry: Collaborative Learning to Enhance Organizational Performance. Society of Organizational Learning Academy, Seattle.

July 08 Co-Creating Living Systems that Thrive on Diversity, with Mary Lewis. 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Systems Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Oct. 07 Co-Creating Living Systems that Thrive on Diversity, with Mary Lewis and Bernice Moore. Seventh International Conference on Transformative Learning, University of New Mexico.

2007 - Creating Collaborative Cultures. Beijing University, China

2007 - Co-Creating Living Systems that Thrive on Diversity. International Transformative Learning Conference, University of New Mexico

Mentoring for Transformative Learning, Sixth International Conference on Transformative Learning, Michigan State University Oct. 05

Creating Cultures of Collaboration that Thrive on Diversity, Center for Collaborative Organizations 16th International Conference, Sept. 05

"The Emerging Realities of Leadership", with Maureen O'Hara, Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco Marriott, March 4, 2003.

"Organizational Integrity and Communication Practices" with Marvin Brown, BAODN Best in the West Conference, May 9, 2003

"Organizational Integrity and Systems Thinking", with Maureen O'Hara, Marvin Brown, and Dennis Jaffe. World Futures Society conference, July 18-20, 2003

 

Research Interests

I am interested in research in the areas of cultural change, individual and organizational learning and transformation, collaboration, appreciative inquiry, global leadership, and the application of hermeneutics to the field of organizational development.

Research Expertise

My research focus is primarily in the qualitative area, although I have worked as a thesis advisor for a number of quantitative studies. My dissertation research was an ethnographic, hermeneutic study of leadership relationships in the U.S.and China. I have a strong background in action research particularly using interviewing and conversational methods.

 

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

I engage collaboratively with students in a nurturing and challenging relationship that supports transformative learning. I work well with students who are interested in applying organizational learning as a manager or consultant. I encourage students to use critical inquiry in their learning process and to develop their own methods and models. I can also help students bring a focus to their dissertation topic ideas.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Hermeneutics
Grounded Theory
Phenomenology
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Nonparametrics
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling