Associate Professor, Social& Organizational Studies
Office: PC 1225
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- Professional Societies
I came to Erie in 2009 to enhance the Organizational Learning and Leadership Ph.D. Program and develop Gannon's first undergraduate programs in Leadership Studies. I currently serve as Program Director for both programs.
Prior to my appointment at Gannon, I served as Professor and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a member of the Graduate Faculty, I taught leadership theory and development, human resource and organizational development, and research methods in leadership degree programs across the university. I brough this experience to Gannon in 2009 todevelop intergrated, interdisciplinary leadership studies programs.
My disciplinary expertise spans mutlple social sciences including psychololgy, sociology, anthropology, education and organizational studies. I am passionate about cultivating the intersection of these disciplines through my teaching, research and theory development. I am active in multiple Professional Associations for leadership, managment, psychology and organizational development. I regularly present at national and international conferences and actively cultivate opportunities for doctoral and undergraduate students to participate with me.
My research focuses on leadership theory, leader identity, developing leadership capacity in individuals and organizations, organizational culture and change. In 2006, I develop a Model of Organizational Change in Cultural Context (OC3 Model). The OC3 Model was published in 2009 in the highly reputed Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. I have subsequently conducted follow up research to verity and extend the theory underlying the model.
I am currently developing an ontological theory of leadership, first presented at the Association for Psychological Science in 2012, conducting research on the impact of organizatonal culture on trends in higher education in Northwestern Pennsylvania, an extending Quatro's Model of Leadership Development to encompass community leadership and service.
Ph.D. – Leadership and Higher Education Administration, University of Nebraska
Dissertation: Understanding Organizational Change in Cultural Context: Chief Academic Officers' Acquisition and Utilization of Cultural Knowledge in Implementing Institutional Change
M.L.S. – Texas Woman’s University
Thesis: Validation of Personal Construct Psychology for Use in Modeling Knowledge
B.S. Psychology, University of Texas
Professional Presentations (selected):
Latta, G. F. (2012). Leveraging Organizational Culture to Facilitate Change: The OC3 Model. (Professional Development Workshop) Presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, Boston.
Latta, G. F. (2012). Psychosocial Dimensions of Leadership: Identity-based Cognitive, Developmental and Social Processes. (Symposium) Organized for the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Convention, Chicago.
Latta, G. F. (2012). Developmental perspectives on leader identity: The role of character, volition and luminal self-processes. Paper presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Convention, Chicago.
Niehoff, B. P. & Latta, G. F. (2011). New leadership and change in a public university: A case study. Presented at the Irish Academy of Management (IAM) Conference, Dublin.
Latta, G.F. (2011, May) The Role of Organizational Culture in Predicting Resistance and Facilitation of Change: An Interactionist Approach. Paper presented at the 48th Annual Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Boston, MA.
Latta, G.F. (2010, October). Developing Interdisciplinary Leadership Programs. (Special Session: Developing Effective Interdisciplinary Programs). Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Midwest Academy of Management Conference, Grand Forks, ND.
Latta, G.F. (2008, October). A Process Model of Organiztional Change in Cultural Context. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Midwest Academy of Manangement Conference, St. Louis, MO. (Nominated Best Paper Award).
Manuscripts Under Review:
Latta, G.F. (submitted). Cracking the Code of Distributed Leadership. (Leadership Track) Eastern Academy of Management Annual Conference, Baltimore, May 2013)
Latta, G.F. & Sandberg, E.C. (submitted). Predictive Utility of the OC3 Model of Organizational Change: Testing the Interaction Effects of Cultural Alignment (Organizational Behavior Track) Eastern Academy of Management Annual Conference, Baltimore, May 2013)
Kuvshinikov, J. & Latta, G.F. (submitted) National Culture and Generalized Disposition to Trust: A Multiple Frameworks Analysis (Organizational Strategy/International Business Track) International Conference of the Eastern Academy of Management, Seville, Spain, June 2013).
Leadership Development Institute - Tajikistan Ministry of Culture, 2008. U.S. Aid for International Development (USAID) - World Learning Community Connections, $50,000.
Chief Academic Officers’ Acquisition and Utilization of Cultural Knowledge in Crafting Organizational Change Initiatives, 2006. University Research Council, $6,500.
Copyright in the Digital Era: Online Curriculum Modules for Faculty & Course Development, 2003. Office of Extended Education & Outreach, $10,000.
Translating the Concepts and Models of Leadership Development into Long-term Collaborative Leadership Programs for Institutional Change, 2000. W.K. Kellogg Foundation, $265,000.
Projects with Promise - AAHE New Pathways II: Academic Careers in the New Century from Inquiry to Action, 2000. American Association of Higher Education, $8,500.
Faculty Development Summer Institute, 1998. Neb*Sat, $26,692.
Research In Progress:
Principle investigator, Leadership Trends in Higher Education: Considering the Impact of Campus Culture (a study of higher education institutions in Northwestern Pennsylvania).
Principle investigator, Extending Quatro's Holistic Model of Leadership Development to Encompass Community Service (a study of the leadership benefits derived from community service roles).
2012 - Laura Zirkle, Differntiating Behavious among Spillane's Forms of Distributed Leadership
2012 - Joseph Kuvshinikov, A Study of the Relationship between Dimensions of National Culture and Generalized Disposition to Trust
2012 - Steven Bitticker, Assessing Evidence that Physical Therapy is a Self-Regulating Profession
2012 - Eric Sandberg, Utilizing Organizational Culture to Predict Responses to Planned Change in a Public School: A Test of the OC3 Model