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Entries for month: April 2010

Nancy King Studies Zoo Employees to Learn about the Future of Work

April 27, 2010 ·

Nancy King (DM 2004) ... argues that relational elements of organizing are particularly important in contemporary society... she concluded that "relational practices" are the primary elements of the docent experience, and these relational practices are important to the passion, autonomy, and responsible ethic that is critical ...

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Tags: DM Research

Mary Reidy Leading $4 Million in Smart Grid Training Grants

April 24, 2010 ·

In April, the Obama Administration announced $100 million in grants for 54 Smart Grid workforce training and development programs ... Mary Reidy's (DM 2001) organization, National Grid, won two of these grants for the U.S. northeast region, totaling over $4 million ... She will be leading both projects.

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Tags: DM Profiles

Agustin Arbulu Grows Home Healthcare Business 45%

April 21, 2010 ·

In 2009, Agustin Arbulu (DM 2000) was recruited from his faculty position at Northwood University's DeVos Graduate School to become CEO of Metro Home Healthcare in Dearborn, Michigan (http://www.metrohomehealthcare.com).  Since that time he has grown the organization 45%.

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In Praise of Practioner Scholars

April 17, 2010 ·

Our practitioner scholars begin with a deeply human concern, arm themselves with a range of potentially relevant theories, collect and interpret raw data on the phenomenon, and are then in a position to make original and important contributions. Non-practitioner scholars, in contrast, are lucky if they can get beyond their theoretical framework to collect genuinely relevant data, and seldom produce truly interesting findings.

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Kathy Buse and Alice Walker Earn Awards at ShowCASE 2010

April 15, 2010 ·

Kathleen Buse and Alice Walker (both DM 2011) won awards for their research in Case Western Reserve University's annual "Research ShowCASE" event.

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Tags: DM Profiles · DM Research

Ann Kowal Smith Finds that Balancing Leadership Approaches Drives Innovation

April 13, 2010 ·

"These findings, in fact, seriously question the transformational/transactional leadership dichotomy represented in the academic literature and confirm that good leaders, in practice, must balance multiple, even at times counterintuitive, behavioral styles and approaches to drive innovation and performance.  The right "cocktail" of these behaviors is highly dependent on the context and desired outcomes." 

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Tags: DM Profiles · DM Research

Surendra Khambete’s Innovative Product Featured in Business Week

April 04, 2010 ·

"Indura Performance Fiber," which is a safe, green replacement to polyurethane foam, was recently featured in Business Week as an important "Material Innovation"... Polyurethane foam is a ubiquitous product - in virtually every chair, sofa, or mattress - but the material can be harmful to humans and to the environment in a number of ways.  Indura Performance Fiber addresses many of these concerns using polyester which is completely recyclable, hypoallergenic, and naturally flame resistant.

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Tags: DM Profiles

Evidence-Based Management and the Weatherhead Doctorate in Management

April 02, 2010 ·

"at a time when leaders are seeking new ideas to respond to complex challenges in many fields of management, scholarly knowledge has found little application.Lack of use is partially due to managerial ignorance of such knowledge and reliance on less rigorously-produced knowledge, and partially to the irrelevance of much scholarly knowledge to managers' practical problems. A premise of research in the DM and PhD in Management Programs is that the gap between scholarly knowledge and managerial practice can be closed ..."

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Charles Moses Awarded Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Grant

April 01, 2010 ·

Dr. Moses credits the "superb training" he received in the Weatherhead DM program with enabling him to win his Fulbright, and to succeed with so much of his research...  "The DM program changed my life.... it is a very interesting approach to learning and scholarship and they have really, really great teachers who are all very supportive... It is unbelievable the way they stretched my brain." 

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Tags: DM Profiles