Information Leadership: A Quantitative Analysis of Language Across Literature, Position Postings and the Roles that Leaders Play
AuthorAtkinson, Brian Lewis
Latent Semantic Analysis
Natural Language Processing
AdvisorHeidorn, Patrick Bryan
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractPosition postings and professional literature represent opportunity for insights into the expectations of aspiring position applicants as well as describe appropriate skills, experiences and management or leadership approaches that can inform incumbent information executive (e.g. Chief Information Officers and Library Deans) on effective leadership of their respective organizations within colleges and universities across North America. This study also lays the foundation of a model that leverages massive quantities of anecdotal literature in quantitative and empirical manners. Such a model, when fully developed can be used to examine all sorts of qualitative data of sufficient size. Analysis of the data can then be performed using a variety of Natural Language processes and tools as well as statistical tests to evaluate correlations, commonalities and frequency of the terms in relation to the roles that individuals play in their institutions. Individual tokens are used rather than nGrams or co-located tokens in an effort to minimize potential bias that can be found in phrases or word combinations such as ‘creative leadership’ or ‘strong management’. Instead, terms are used as a way to identify the tokens ‘creative’ and ‘strong’ and correlate their frequency with roles, literature and position postings. In contrast to other common techniques, such as Latent Semantic Analysis, this approach values the impact of individual responses and perspectives by using qualitative questions to cull initial tokens as well as quantitative surveys to reinforce outcomes. With few adjustments to accommodate specific disciplines, this study successfully forms a foundation requiring future development that analyzes large quantities of textual data that otherwise might have been painstakingly analyzed using time and labor-intensive qualitative processes such as content analysis. This study also identifies a list of tokens that are commonly used in position postings and leadership literature for library deans and Chief Information Officers. Using these tokens in a reflective manner, the initial postings and literature can later be more granularity analyzed the potential for inclusion in future writing. Outcomes of this investigation found 8 tokens that both Library Deans and CIOs found to be ‘extremely important’ as well as a longer list of tokens that while not found in common were considered important to particular roles. Considering these tokens can be important for authors of position postings and professional literature alike.
Degree ProgramGraduate College