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Fall 2018
Welcome from the Director
By Kalle Lyytinen
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Welcome to all new and old friends-- alumni and students of the DM programs--to the third edition of DM Digest. We have just started with the DM cohort of 2021 with 17 new students. They are working on exciting research areas and come with a rich variety of experience and study goals. We look forward to helping them find their individual way to practitioner-scholarship and invite them to join the growing community of DM alumni (now 285 and counting). We also thank you for the strong positive response to our previous editions of the DM Digest and the news that you have sent us about your accomplishments. Keep up the good work and let us know what you are doing. We are so proud of each one of you!

We recently held the Annual Meeting of DM/PhD Students, DM/PhD Alumni, and Engaged Practitioner Scholar (EPS) Community at The Academy of Management Conference (AoM) in Chicago. Varun Nagaraj (fourth year PhD candidate) organized the event. The event was attended by about 20 alumni and students. We had an excellent panel presentation from several educational program leaders and/or entrepreneurship centers around the US, which our alumni started, and learned how their program and business experience placed them in excellent positions to initiate and lead such programs. I presented regarding the practical impacts of the program based on a recent article In the Engaged Management Review (EMR) written by Morgan Bulger, PhD student in Organizational Behavior, Kalle Lyytinen and Paul Salipante. The presentation inspired a lively and expansive discussion of identity and related work of the students in different settings, as well as their involvement in the liminal space between the academic scholarship and the world of business activity. It was decided at the meeting to continue these discussions to address identity transformation in different settings. Next year’s meeting in Boston is already in the planning stages. It will be organized by Ted Ladd (PhD 2016) and Carol McGuire (PhD 2016). As usual, AoM was an impressive demonstration of the strength and the breadth of the DM program’s output. We had approximately 15 student and alumni presentations, several Professional Development Workshops (PDW) and panels where alumni and students played a significant role. During the summer we also had a strong showing at conferences, such as the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Americas Conference on Information Systems (ACMIS), and the American Accounting Association (AAA). Read More
Our Practitioner Scholar Community is Growing!
By Philip Cola, PhD, Associate Director, Academic Affairs, DM Programs
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The new academic year for the Case DM Programs is underway.  We have admitted strong cohorts of next generation practitioner scholars.  Seventeen new students joined from various backgrounds and bring strong diversity in their thinking to the programs.  When we started DM 665 (Introduction to Research Inquiry), Stephan Liozu (PhD ’13) was lecturing on the importance of research goals and showed this slide: Read More
You're Invited!
News from Joann Farrell Quinn, PhD ’13, Interim Alumni Council President
I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be involved with such an amazing group of people and honored to be able to serve the alumni. Once we graduate, it can be difficult to maintain the wonderful relationships that we forged at Case and stay connected within the community. It is my hope that the Alumni Weekend provides the opportunity to
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strengthen that sense of community and renew our connections. Our network is certainly one of the factors that will allow the DM Program to continue to stand out in the world of practitioner scholar programs. The details are now out for the upcoming Alumni Weekend November 2-3. We have two full days of engagement and exploration.  Read More
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Many of you may recall the DM course assignment called “Reflection Paper.” Continuing that theme, we will regularly feature a Q&A with members of the DM community. The fall edition of the DM Digest features a conversation with Dr. Eileen Doherty-Sil. Read More

Philip A. Cola ’15, was elected to the Board of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council (EDBAC) for a three year term beginning July 2018. In 2019, Dr. Cola will serve as the Co-Chair of the Doctoral Consortium during the EDBAC Annual Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Karen Stock, DM ’14, was promoted to an Associate Professor and awarded tenure at Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio.


Rodolfo Jimenez, PhD ’18, was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance at Texas A&M University in San Antonio, Texas.


Steve Brand, DM ’04, was appointed as Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


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Dale Hartz, DM ’14, was appointed as a Visiting Instructor of Management in the Andreas School of Business at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. He is teaching Organizational Behavior & Management, HR Management, and Intro to Business. Additionally, he is a member of the university's sustainability team. Beyond his teaching load, Dale is working on an exploratory/pilot project he is calling Barry Change Leaders, a cross-disciplinary service learning opportunity where students have opportunities to learn about and develop skills using various change models by conducting Action Research projects within local non-profit organizations.
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Tom King, DM ‘16, Program Director and Professor, Accountancy, referenced an open letter to CEOs, BlackRock's Larry Fink which argues that companies must articulate a clear sense of purpose in order to achieve their full potential. Tom agrees and believes that such statements evolve as organizations risk, learn and grow. Which begs the question, "what's your organization's purpose?"
Recent Presentations and Publications:

We had several current students and alumni present at the Annual Academy of Management Conference (AoM) which was held on August 10-14 in Chicago, Illinois.

Agustin Arbulu, DM ’01, wrote an opinion piece about the Flint, Michigan water crises.

Nancy King, DM ’04, interviewed on the Sirius XM Business Radio show Career Talk. Replay it here

Manoj Nakra, DM ’04, published a book called, A 1000 days adventure - Entrepreneur Journeys: The Crafting of Business, It is available on Amazon.

Frank C. Braun, DM ’07, Dean of the School of Business at Baldwin Wallace University, discussed his journey from practice to academia in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

David Hyatt, DM ’11, and Andy Spicer co-authored Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened in The Conversation.

Stephan Liozu, PhD ’13, and Wolfgang Ulaga, published a book called, Monetizing Data: A Practical Roadmap for Framing, Pricing & Selling Your B2B Digital Offers. It is available on Amazon.

Philipp Hensler, DM ’13, recently joined New York City–based equity manager Epoch Investment Partners, as president and chief operating officer, has alpha on his mind—on the left and right side of his brain, to be clinical. Read more

Joann Farrell Quinn PhD ’13, recently spoke to Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper about the psychology of managing people.

Joann also received ongoing funding from the NSF for a project she has been working on for the past couple of years.

Karen Stock, DM ’14, published Walking in Another’s Shoes: Enhancing Experiential Learning Through Design Thinking in Management Teaching Review Volume 3 Issue 3, September 2018

Suzanne Piotrowski, DM ’15 and Dick Boland, PhD, presented “Innovation Team Leaders as Designers”, at DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, in London, England, August 1, 2018.

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Pictured: Phil Cola, Mariana Amatullo, Kalle Lyytinen

Mariana Amatullo, PhD ’15, provides some lessons on design in AIGA Eye on Design.

Mariana also presented at the Weatherhead School of Management on Friday, September 21 on “Insights from Integrating a Design Attitude Approach in Organizational Change Initiatives:  Barriers and Opportunities”.

Suzanne Cromlish, PhD ’17, presented "Empowering the 99% one ESOP at a Time: A 3-Phase Mixed Methods Study of Employee Owned Company Acquisitions", at the Common Good Conference at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, June 21-23, 2018.

James Hemsath, DM ’17, presented “Looking Beyond Culture: Success Factors for Transnational Multiparty Collaboration”, at the University of the Arctic 2018 Congress held at the University of Oulu in Finland and in part the University of Helsinki, September 3-7, 2018.

Natasha Conley, PhD ’18 will be presenting at the 2018 Midwest Academy of Management (MAM) Annual Conference in St. Louis on “Discriminatory Business Practices and Business Growth: An Exploratory Study”.

Jennifer Nash, PhD ’18, presented “Factors Influencing Quality Coaching Relationships, at the Eleventh International Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life (EMONET) in Chicago, Illinois, August 8-9, 2018.

Donna Iucolano, PhD ’19 presented at the Summer American Marketing Association Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on “Personal Data Sharing and Collection:  Consumer Acceptance and Fairness of Exchanges in Digital Environments”

Donna also presented “Managing Tension: Reconciling Being Always-On and Concurrent Desire to Protect Personal Information (A Mixed Methods Study of Connected Consumers in Shopping Environments)”, at the Doctoral Consortium and Poster Session at the Engaged Management Scholars Conference, September 6-9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Amanda Blake, DM ’20, published a book called, Your Body is Your Brain: Leverage Your Somatic Intelligence to Find Purpose, Build Resilience, Deepen Relationships and Lead More Powerfully. It is available on Amazon.
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The Annual ORBH/DM AoM Reception was held on August 13th at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This yearly event is always a great occasion for alumni, students and faculty from the Weatherhead School of Management to enjoy time together at the AoM Conference. A number of faculty, students and alumni presented at the Conference as well.
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Pictured: Back: Phil Cola, Varun Nagaraj, Kalle Lyytinen; Front: Donna Iucolano, Alexis Rittenberger, Pamela Robinson

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration Council (EDBAC) Engaged Management Scholarship Conference was held at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 6-9



Curious about what the students are reading? 

Checkout the Fall semester book list.

Save the Date:

DM Reunion, November 2-3, 2018. You can register for the event here.

ARNOVA’S 47th Annual Conference: From Relief to Resilience: How Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Volunteers Bridge the Gap between Crisis and Sustainability, Austin, Texas, November 15-17, 2018

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