Visionary technology leadership from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover to masters of the information age

William F Bundy, Salve Regina University

Abstract

This doctoral dissertation examines the evolution of technology leadership in the U.S. Navy beginning with Admiral Hyman G. Rickover to the current era and extends to private sector practices. It ponders the question of how visionary leadership is exercised to deliver transformational change through technology. The thesis presented argues that visionary leaders must exercise the capability to advance their vision, exercise professional experience in advancing that vision, and that they must demonstrate the leadership capacity to gather talented people and sponsors to their cause. These leaders must also accept ultimate accountability for their creations and recognize the intended and unintended consequences of their technologies. That research question also extends to exploring the consequences of accepting or rejecting disruptive technology in the information age.^ This dissertation has relevance beyond the Navy and explores current technology innovation methods and insights. A technology focus on information technology (IT) is maintained to enhance the value of the research in an age where IT is a dominant driver of change that directly impacts everyone. The emerging technology leadership and governance discipline inspired the need for this research. ^ Dissertation research and observations are offered on visionary leadership within the context of the humanities. The fundamental question of the Salve Regina University doctoral program is: What does it mean to be human in an age of advanced technology? The more specific question answered in this dissertation is: What does it mean to be human in an age of advanced technology while serving in positions of decision-making leadership? Being a person responsible for introducing, sustaining, and delivering technology and its governance has special meaning. The Salve Regina University doctoral program is grounded in this context which is a fairly unique approach to the study of technology and its impact on humans. ^

Subject Area

Business Administration, Management

Recommended Citation

William F Bundy, "Visionary technology leadership from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover to masters of the information age" (January 1, 2005). Doctoral Dissertations (Off Campus access). Paper AAI3169880.
http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/dissertations/AAI3169880

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