The NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Accelerated Leadership Program to Promote Global Agility Leaders Five Years Later (2005-2010)

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James R. Calvin

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

Mustafa Mazlumoglu

Johns Hopkins University

Date Written: November 28, 2013


The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has for more than two decades provided leadership development programs to promote leadership and management opportunities for individuals in scientific and engineering directorates, along with other core directorates within the NASA/GSFC organization. NASA/GSFC as a unit organization within NASA interfaces across the whole NASA organization, as leadership development at NASA/GSFC is anchored by the NASA Leadership model.

In this paper the primary focus and description is about the NASA/GSFC Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP), a new leadership development program that was an internal talent model devised and implemented to meet and fulfill a perceived leadership development gap in the NASA/GSFC organization. On a second level, the ALP sought to identify high potential individuals who would explore, acquire and apply both leadership and management principles as practice while gaining consideration for promotion and leadership advancement in NASA/GSFC directorates. The summarized data as presented describes and illuminates the setting of the ALP leadership direction and approach at NASA/GSFC. A secondary area of content in this paper is a discussion and analysis of key leadership assumptions, drivers and factors that impact and influence leading world-class scientific and space organizations to include NASA, CERN, and collaborative or competitor organizations in Russia, China, India and Japan. The third area of discussion by this paper offers future leadership development and leadership practice considerations for NASA/GSFC and competitor organizations, as well as partner organizations around the world.

Keywords: Leadership, Management, Organization Development, Talent

JEL Classification: M1

Suggested Citation

Calvin, James R. and Mazlumoglu, Mustafa, The NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Accelerated Leadership Program to Promote Global Agility Leaders Five Years Later (2005-2010) (November 28, 2013). Academy of Business Research Journal, Vol. IV, December 2013. Available at SSRN:

James R. Calvin (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School ( email )

100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

Mustafa Mazlumoglu

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

Baltimore, MD 20036-1984
United States

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