The Success Orientations model is based on years of observation, literature research, pattern matching, and research in the classroom with professors, support staff, and students. Like all models and theories, it is only useful if it can be applied simply and effectively. This application relies, however, on a deep understanding of the conditions under which the model "works" and when and under what conditions it does not.
More research is needed on various aspects of the model. This study will fully bring to light those conditions under which the model can be used as both an analytical tool and as a teaching and learning tool.
Some important questions needing rigorous research:
1. Nature or nurture? Do our success orientations reflect genetic predispositions or are they the result of upbringing, birth order, and/or other environmental factors?
2. Are men and women genetically predisposed to certain success orientations? For example, women are often seen as nurturers (relationship oriented) and men as hunters (goal oriented - get the beast or we don't eat). Is this fact or fiction?
3. How do success orientations manifest themselves on a cultural or societal level? Do whole societies encourage relationship orientations, for example? Or are large groupings of orientations the cause of particular cultural and societal norms? Which causes which?
4. How does the success orientations model "fit" with other cultural and behavioral models? For example, is "uncertainty avoidance", one of the factors in another model, similar to a "process orientation"?
5. Can people change orientations? As you get older, is it possible to take on a new natural orientation? Or are you simply "acting" like you have a different one? Certainly you can operate in all three orientations, but can you change from one to another?
...there are many areas of success orientations needing research. These are simply five important ones needing bright people to research and think about.
To explore research possibilities, please contact Paul. Thank you!
Want to learn more? Success orientations is an open source model. See the emerging web site that will support the dissemination, research, discussion, and critical analysis of the success orientations model:
A much deeper and more fully explained look at the success orientations model is included in the first applied book on success orientations called "How to Teach International Students", available for purchase through this web site.