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Spring 2018
Welcome from the Director
By Kalle Lyytinen
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Dear friends and colleagues,
The Doctor of Management (DM) Program was from the start about building a new kind of practitioner-scholar community where learning, knowledge dissemination, debate and open inquiry would form the bloodline of the DM community. The creation of the DM Digest is an additional step in advancing this goal.  

Other initiatives include the creation of a new kind of academic and practitioner journal, called the Engaged Management ReView (EMR), for the dissemination of research findings specifically for the management-practitioner community.  We have also created an Engaged Practitioner Scholar (EPS) community around the DM Programs and currently have seven research fellows who publish and engage in research as part of this growing community. Additionally, we have sharpened and extended our presence on social media, Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting and ARNOVA meetings and conduct regular practitioner scholar lectures as part of the DM curriculum.

We hope that the creation of the DM Digest newsletter truly advances a sense of DM community and strengthens its unique character.  You will see from this creative space what is happening in the DM Programs and EPS community.

You can share your recent research findings, professional achievements, family happenings and debate the goals and strategy of our community, or whatever concerns you. Tips for career advancement, succeeding in practical settings, integrating your insights into how to carry out new types of consulting and research tasks are all welcome. We will introduce short stories about alumni and students in this space so that we learn more about one another and can connect better.  

These activities show that we care about one another, seek to build stronger bonds, and are committed to the fate of the practitioner-scholar community.
Sincere regards,

Kalle Lyytinen
Distinguished University Professor
Iris S. Wolstein Chair
Department Chair, Design and Innovation Department
Director of Academic Affairs, Doctor of Management Programs
Editor-in-Chief Engaged Management Review
EPS Fellows Flourish!
By Philip Cola, PhD, Associate Director, Academic Affairs, DM Programs
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I am pleased to give you an update on the Engaged Practitioner Scholar (EPS) Fellowship program.  This program began nearly two years ago as an effort to engage DM Program alumni in the creation of ongoing management research.  Fellows enrolled in the program are encouraged to continue research that they were involved with during their time in the DM Programs or pitch new ideas for their next set of inquiries into “wicked” management problems.  The DM Programs and the Weatherhead School of Management are eager to continue to engage our alumni in relevant and rigorous research that matters for the practice of management. READ MORE.
Alumni Council Updates
News from Beth Fitz Gibbon, DM '09, Council President
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As President of the DM Program’s Alumni Council, I welcome you to the premier issue of the DM Digest. Weatherhead’s DM Programs now have 270 alumni. As a member of this sizeable and impressive community of practitioner-scholars, you represent some of the finest management leaders, university educators and researchers in the world. After more than 20 years, the DM Programs remain at the forefront of practitioner doctoral programs, and are recognized as “Level 1” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. READ MORE.
Recent Presentations and Publications
Michael Grieves, DM ’00, Forbes article Digital Twin Concept one of the top 10 Technologies 2017/18
Stephen Brand, DM ’04, presented The Innovators Journey TEDx Springfield
Nancy King, DM ’04, published a book called, Fired: How to Manage Your Job in an Age of Uncertainty
Dale Hartz, DM ’14, presented TEDx Akron
Mike Fisher, PhD ’13, was profiled in WSOM’s Alumni Perspective.
Donna Haeger, PhD ‘14, published a book called, Work-Life Fusion: A Guide to Freedom and Autonomy at Work
Victoria Woo, PhD ’15, published a chapter in Human Capital and Assets in the Networking World by Meir Russ.  Her chapter, titled “Thriving Transitional Experiences:  Self Knowledge, Improvisation, and Transformation Quotient in a Highly Dynamic World” is co-authored with Richard Boland and David Cooperrider.
Jennifer Madden, PhD ’15, published a book called, Inter-Organizational Collaboration by Design
Carl Greppin, PhD ’19, published “How Expatriates Work in Dangerous Environments of Pervasive Corruption,” in the Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research, November 2017.
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Chris Lamb, PhD ’18
Crossing the Quality Chasm: A Mixed-Methods Study of Physician Decision-Making When Treating Chronic Diseases, January 16, 2018
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Justin Ames, PhD ’18
An Examination of Antecedents to Managerial Moral Stress, January 17, 2018
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Arron Fraser, PhD ’18
Honorable Mavericks: A Mixed-Method Study of What Influences Subsidiary Managers Compliance with Headquarters Instructions, January 18, 2018
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LaVonne Slaton, PhD ’18
Stem Entrepreneurs: Educating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Underrepresented Minorities (URM) and Non-Minorities for Job Satisfaction and Career Success, February 16, 2018
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Dartanian Warr, PhD ’18
The Professional Development Mindset: An Antecedent Coupled with Shared Vision Driving Senior Leaders Towards Increased Financial Performance and Work Engagement, February 22, 2018
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Avi Turetsky, PhD ’18
Making Heads and Tails of Distributional Patterns in Private-Equity-Owned Companies:  A Value-Creation-Type and Industry-Based Analysis, March 5, 2018
Noteworthy Tidbits

Bravo and Congratulations on New Jobs and Appointments!

  • Beth Fitz Gibbon, DM ’09, Strategic Development Consultant with Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, Scappoose, Oregon
  • David Widdifield, DM ’14, Assistant Professor and Supply Chain Management (SCM) Program Director at the Dallas Baptist University (DBU)
  • Phil Cola, PhD ’15, Associate Professor of Design and Innovation, and Associate Director, DM Programs
  • Candace Steele Flippin, DM ’16, Executive Vice President, and Chief Communications Officer, First Horizon Corp., Memphis, TN
  • Dan Cohen, PhD ’16, Executive Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University
  • James Hemsath, DM ‘17, Board of Directors of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation
  • Jeff Frey, PhD ’19, founding Academic Director of the newly formed McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Houston Baptist University
Guest Speakers:
Simon Denny, a contemporary artist based in Berlin, presented, Blockchain Future States: Blockchain and Sovereignty in a Post-HODL World, at the DM residency on February 15, 2018.
Articles of Interest:

Suggested by Richard Boland, Jr., PhD, Professor, Design & Innovation:

BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support.

Jagdip Singh, PhD, Professor, Design & Innovation, was on NPR's Sound of Ideas to discuss how reviews are changing customer behavior. LISTEN NOW.

Curious about what the students are reading? 
Checkout the Spring Semester 2018 book list.

2018 Upcoming Events:
DM Graduation Reception, May 19, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Dively Pavilion
CWRU Commencement, May 20
AoM Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 10-14.
EDBAC Engaged Management Scholarship Conference Philadelphia, PA, September 6-9
DM Programs Alumni Reunion, November 2-3
ARNOVA, Austin, Texas, November 15-17
We want to hear from you!
Check out the info we have posted on our Alumni Learning Community website. Select the year you graduated and if there are changes (additions or deletions), just let Sue know
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