PhD Defense by Toschia M. Hogan

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Dear Faculty and Fellow Ph.D. Students,


I cordially invite you to attend my dissertation defense scheduled for Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020 10:00 am | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) via GTECH WebEx at https://tinyurl.com/ThoganDissDefense


Please find the abstract below, and copies of the dissertation are available upon request.




Toschia M. Hogan




Area: Organizational Behavior

Committee Members: Dr. Dong Liu (Chair), Dr. Eugene Kim, Dr. Tiffany D. Johnson, Dr. Katie Badura, Dr. Anthony C. Hood (The University of Alabama, Birmingham)


Title: Courageous Followership: An Investigation of the Nature, Antecedents, and Outcomes of a multidimensional construct



Evolving views of followers and power in today’s increasingly complex and turbulent business environments provide a backdrop for the emergence of scholarly and industry intrigue in the role and behavior of followers.  Surprisingly, although it is widely acknowledged that without followers, there is no leader and that followership shapes employee performance, empirical investigations of effective followership remains scarce. Thus, in this dissertation, I examine the nature of followership and the coinciding influence of courage in followers. Specifically, integrating the nascent followership and courage literature, I introduce a new conceptualization of courageous followership and validate a newly developed multi-dimensional measure of the construct (Study 1).  In a separate study, to demonstrate the utility of the new construct in explaining whether, when, and why individuals follow a leader, I draw on event system theory to develop and test an interactionist model that highlights the significance of discrete events in theorizing and expounds upon leader-follower dynamics.  Study 2 investigates whether perceptions of leader characteristics (i.e., resilience and relational energy) foster followership behavior (i.e., courageous followership) and subsequently followership outcomes (i.e., follower creativity). Furthermore, I hypothesize that the strength of a weak situation (i.e., disruptive event criticality) influences the relationship between leader resilience and courageous followership and more so when perceptions of leader relational energy are high.  The findings of the person-event interactionist model illustrate the independent and synergistic causes of a new type of followership behavior and substantiate the effectiveness of followership in inspiring meaningful outcomes for employees. Theoretical and practical implications, along with directions for future followership research, are discussed.



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