Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

PhD Higher Education Leadership, Management, Policy


Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Robert Kelchen, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Brigit Olsen, Ph.D.


future search, conference, large group intervention, conditions for success, whole system


A Future Search (FS) Conference is a systems based large group intervention that utilizes a dialogue process among interdependent stakeholders to analyze the past, understand the present, envision a better future, and agree to action plans to work towards the desired future. This study uses an instrumental case study design (Stake, 1995) to consider two education-based future-oriented conferences to understand the real-life applicability of the conditions for success framework by Weisbord and Janoff (2010). Participants’ perceptions of the action research conferences were positive. The framework illustrated factors related to the core principle of getting the “whole system” in the room that were linked to post-conference outcomes and challenges. Systemic relationships between organizers and stakeholders can affect the achievement of the conditions for success and illustrate how interventions with very similar topics and methods can represent entirely different system level tasks. My study supports the importance of the conditions for success framework.

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