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Winter 2019
Greetings from the Director
By Kalle Lyytinen
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A new year, 2019 has begun and I am celebrating my 10th year as the Director of the program. As Director, I have met and worked with 15 different cohorts of this program. At the same time, we are midway through our 24th academic year in the program and are preparing for the 25th anniversary. We just had our January residency with typical cold Cleveland weather which everybody learns to deal with during the course of the program. We gracefully overcame weather-related challenges!
During this spring we will continue our efforts to compete better in an increasingly crowded marketplace of executive DBA programs (there are 45 of them just in North America). To address this challenge, we started our capital campaign, continue to invest in DM community efforts and work on the proper and sharper marketing message with Weatherhead’s marketing team. We plan to implement changes to our website and its content and invest more on Internet searches and online marketing.
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The Importance of Research Dissemination and Building a Research Agenda
By Philip Cola, PhD, Associate Director, Academic Affairs, DM Programs
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This past December, I finished teaching an Introduction to Research Inquiry (DM 665) for the fourth time.  This is my favorite class to teach as it is often the initial introduction to research method and design for our first year DM students.  It is a scenario where I am able to articulate to students that whether they know it or not,“a big reason that

they are in a doctoral program is to conduct research”.  We go on in this class to work on building scholarly skills (i.e., finding literature, engaging or reading the literature efficiently and effectively, organizing our own literature libraries based on interests, and practice writing).  This generates excitement for students because they know that ultimately they will be armed with empirical evidence supporting some of the things they that they need to change based on personal experiences in business management contexts.
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Alumni Council Update
News from Beth Fitz Gibbon, DM '09, Council President
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November 2018 Alumni Weekend
The first weekend in November was a wonderful time to visit Cleveland!  We had a chance to connect and reconnect with DM alumni, while remembering what it was like to have some great discussions and feel like students again.  We had a packed two-day schedule, hearing about AI and AI (appreciative inquiry and artificial intelligence), ethics and social justice, life in academia, new directions in quantitative methods, and civic responsibility.  We also had a chance to explore some of our colleagues’ research at a poster session during a reception with current students, faculty and alumni.
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Annual DM Research Symposium

To welcome our students and kick off the spring semester, the annual DM Research Symposium was held on January 16, 2019. To start the day, Kalle Lyytinen greeted everyone in attendance and at the end of the day, he also provided his valuable comments in an overview of the day-long session.

Twenty-six students presented  the status of their qualitative or quantitative research at the Symposium. Please see the list of presentations here. The dissemination of research is one of the most important pieces of doctoral education.  A key benefit of this activity is that students find feedback from peers and advisors to be very valuable throughout the research journey.

First year students attended the presentations as well to learn about all the fascinating, rigorous and relevant research that is ongoing within the program. 

Each presentation included the following in a 12-minute timed presentation:
1) Problem of practice
2) Research question(s) and the theoretical framework or hypothesized model
3) Description of the sample and any other relevant methodological details
4) Emergent results and supporting data analytics
5) Implications of the results
6) Limitations and future research
7) 3-5 key references

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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 winter edition of the DM Digest features a conversation with Karen Oye.
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  • Craig Soaries, DM ’03, was appointed an assistant professorship at Gordon State College.
  • Ed Wright, DM ’07, professor of management and director of the Corporation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Western Carolina University’s College of Business, has been appointed to the position of Wesley R. Elingburg Distinguished Professor of Business Innovation at WCU.
  • Kathleen Buse, PhD ’12, is the Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at ERC in Highland Heights, OH.
  • Don Addison, DM ’14, is a full time lecturer at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Institute for Leadership Advancement.
  • Bill Paolillo, DM '15, is teaching Leadership in Lean Construction at the University of Akron.
  • Angela Crawford, PhD ’16, is the founding Dean of the College of Business at Thomas More University.
  • Justin Ames, PhD ‘18, has accepted a tenure track position at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and will be teaching Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Recent Presentations and Publications:

The following students and alumni presented at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Conference (ARNOVA) which was held on November 15-17 in Austin, Texas.

Ruth Bernstein, DM ’11
Paper Session: What’s Up with Diversifying our Boards? We Know it Makes a Difference on Paper:  Decomposing the Impact of Leadership Diversity Among Nonprofit Organizations
Colloquium:  Why are we still Struggling with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Nonprofit Governance?
Paper Session:  Gender, Faith and Immigration

Jennifer Madden, PhD ’15
Poster Session:  Resilient Entrepreneurship:  Insight from Black South African Entrepreneurs
Colloquium:  Diversity PDW Panel

Shola Ajiboye, PhD ’19
Paper Session:  The Resilience of Cultural Entrepreneurs During Disruption:  The Role of Relationship Building and Collective Action

Mukhtar Yusuf, PhD ’20,
Paper accepted:  Why do Different Regions Have Different Approaches to Foreign Direct Investment:  An Exploratory Study of West vs East Investments in Nigeria

Amos Allie, PhD ’20
Paper Accepted:  The Antecedents and Barriers of Transforming Nonprofit Organizations into Sustainable Entities. Implementing ERP Systems as a Means to Waste Reduction.

Additional Presentations and Publications
Betty Moon, DM ’08
, delivered the keynote address “Five Forces Transforming the Financial Services Industry” at the American Bankers Association Annual Insurance Conference on Oct 16, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ. Betty delivered the keynote presentation and shared her insights on five critical technology forces disrupting the industry and how banks are evolving to meet the demands of this digital shift.

Bob Gemmell, PhD ’13, published Learning Behaviors Across Levels in New Ventures and Innovation Outcomes in the Journal of Small Business Management on November 5, 2018.

Stephan Liozu, PhD ’13, published Make pricing power a strategic priority for your business in Science Direct January/February 2019.
Mariana Amatullo, PhD ’15, teaches strategic design and management at the Parsons School of Design at The New York School in New York.  In this audio, Mariana talks about the 5 dimensions of design attitude.

Phil Cola, PhD ’15, published an article on Effectively Implementing the Revised Common Rule in the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International newsletter The Catalyst on June 28, 2018.

Suzanne Cromlish, PhD ’17, participated in a Paper Development Workshop for the Academy of Management Discoveries Journal held at Michigan State University on October 23, 2018. This workshop is by invitation only and each attendant meets in small groups with an editor.

James Hemsath, DM ’17, abstract Multiparty Collaboration the Hinge Pin in Developing a Smart Arctic was selected for oral presentation at the Arctic Frontiers Conference January 2019.

Cory Campbell, PhD ’18 co-presented with Dijo Alexander, PhD ’18 at the AAA Blockchain Forum in San Francisco on "The Digital Pinkslip--A Blockchain Use Case for Automobile Registration.
Cory co-authored with Tim Fogarty "Behind the Curve: Higher Education's Efforts to Implement Advanced Information Systems" in the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting published on August 24, 2018.
Cory was also a reviewer for Engaged Management Review and Accounting Horizons in December, 2018.

Jennifer Nash, PhD ’18, Paper and poster presentation. Understanding drivers of coaching relationship quality:  The relationship between relational climate and perceived quality of employee-coaching relationship. 11th Annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare Conference, Institute of Coaching, Harvard University, Boston, MA. September, 2018.

Chris Lamb, PhD, ’18, paper entitled Physician-Patient Shared Decision Making in the Treatment of Primary Immunodeficiency:  An Interview-Based Survey of Immunologists was accepted for publication in the LymphoSign Journal on August 17, 2018.

Don St. Clair, PhD ’18, co-authored with Dick Boland, Gary Hunter (Clemson) and Phil Cola, PhD ’15, Systems-savvy selling, interpersonal identification with customers, and the sales manager’s motivational paradox:  a constructivist grounded theory approach in the Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management on November 2, 2018.

Avi Turetsky, PhD ’18, presented his research on Making heads and tails of private equity risk:  A distribution-based approach at the annual Risk Management Symposium on November 23, 2018 at the Said Business School in Oxford.

Emmanuel Quansah, PhD ’19, will be presenting his paper on Promoting Adaptive Leadership in Small and Medium Sized Companies:  The Role of Employee Feedback at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference in St. Petersburg, FL January 23-27, 2019.

Rob Warren, DM ’19, was quoted in the online New York Times article I.R.S. Tax Fraud Cases Plummet After Budget Cut.

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