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What is going on in the Practitioner Scholar Community?

Posted 9.27.2018

What is going on in the Practitioner Scholar Community?

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:

What is your Goal after the Program?

  1. Scholar (tier 1 school, tenure, A Journals, full-time)
  2. Scholar-Practitioner (tier 2/3 school, full-time, some consulting, publishing)
  3. Practitioner-Scholar (part-time, adjunct, in industry or in consulting)
  4. Practitioner (full-time job in industry, consulting or NFP)
  5. Thought Leader (consulting, industry, academia)

I have reviewed this breakdown previously, but it was more meaningful this year after spending so much time trying to reconnect with many alumni and encouraging activities like the Engaged Practitioner Scholar (EPS) Fellowship; the Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference including Doctoral and Alumni Consortia; and submissions to Engaged Management Review (EMR) Journal.  There was something for everyone even post-graduation and it does not matter how long ago it was that you graduated.  If that passion for relevant and rigorous research still drives you in anyway then let’s discuss which of these ways we can engage, re-engage or sustain your level of engagement going forward.  Here is what is going on in each of these sub-communities since we last reported.

 Engaged Practitioner Scholar (EPS) Research Fellowship:

This community has grown to 14 EPS Research Fellows which is a 78.5% growth rate in the past 14 months. 

  • Karen Nestor, EdD joined this group as our first non-alumni member.The faculty embraces more practitioner scholars in related communities showing interest in this program.Karen, a research partner of Ann Kowal Smith (DM ’10), plans to explore the development of high-quality connections in Books@Work programs in the workplace; and advance new approaches to engaged practice-based research methodologies.
  • Matt Gymer (DM ’07) joined EPS to investigate the implementation of various technology innovations within healthcare settings and their impact on clinical quality outcomes for patients.
  • Larry Straub (DM ’15) will continue investigating and developing a framework and measurement tool to help individuals navigate increasingly convulsive environments in cultures, societies and economies.
  • Karen Stock (DM ’14) wishes to continue her work with Dave Kolb on experiential learning through the development of an experiencing scale.

I have spoken with each of these research fellows and it is exciting to encourage and support their work. Faculty are working with them to build and advance their research agendas.

Engaged Management Scholar (EMS) Conference:

I had the privilege of attending the EMS conference in early September held at Temple University in Philadelphia.  There were some excellent presentations at the conference including those by current doctoral students from all over the world.  Jagdip Singh and I served as faculty reviewers for the Doctoral Consortium and reviewed thesis ideas from students in other executive doctoral programs.  The Case DM Programs were well represented at the Doctoral Consortium by Alexis Rittenberger and John Schaffner (Class of 2020) and by current PhD 2020 students Varun Nagaraj, Yolanda Freeman-Hildreth and Donna Iucolano.  My personal experience is that each of these students represented the Case DM Programs extremely well and it remains clear that our methodological rigor among Executive Doctor of Business Administration Council (EDBAC) members is of the highest quality.  Alexis, Varun, Yolanda and Donna also participated in a poster presentation on Friday afternoon during the conference.  Joining them with a poster presentation of their research was Tony Scardillo (DM ’17) and Pamela Robinson (Class of 2020).  Finally, it was terrific to see Sherry Sanger (PhD ’16) as we had the chance to review posters together.  It was important for our current students to connect with Alumni during these activities.  Monika Hudson (DM ’07) served on the planning committee for the EMS Alumni Consortia and it was a pleasure to connect with her during the conference.  I am always so impressed how busy people make time to contribute when something is meaningful to them.

Yolanda Freeman-Hildreth also presened her research on diabetes adherence during a conference paper session.  Jim Hemsath (DM ’17) was also invited to present his research during the EMS conference, but was unable to attend as he was presenting his work at a conference in Finland.  As you can see we were extremely well represented in Philadelphia. 

I hope that many of you will consider participating in EMS in 2019 which will be held in Antwerp, Belgium.  I hope to see you there.  I will be the co-chair of the Doctoral Consortium in preparation for this event being held in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University in 2020.

Engaged Management Review (EMR) Journal

This is the official journal of EDBAC and a terrific outlet for practitioner scholars or scholar practitioners.  Both voices are required for writing in anticipation of submitting to this journal.  Tom King (DM ’16), Dale Hartz (DM ’14) and I have submitted pieces to EMR in the past few months and we are in the process of revising and resubmitting and awaiting additional feedback from the reviewers.  Kalle Lyytinen and Lars Mathiassen, PhD, Georgia State University, did a presentation to the EDBAC Board and also a session at EMS on EMR, both of which were very well received and energized scholars to submit conceptual or empirical pieces to EMR.  I encourage you review the website and  watch informative videos that the editors made to help you frame a submission.  We do plan to hold more workshops for authors at future EMS meetings or at the Academy of Management meetings going forward. 

I am hopeful that developments with the EPS Fellows and the success of the EMR sessions and EMS will stimulate your desire to be even more active in these research communities.  If you have questions, please reach out to me at pac4@case.edu.  I look forward to talking with more of your and re-connecting with old friends and colleagues.


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