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Welcome from the DM Director

Posted 9.28.2018

Welcome from the DM Director

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).

We have started a new capital campaign to support the program and expand its impact. The program will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020 and, as part of the festivities, we want to establish a lasting legacy of the program’s impact by raising $5 million to support scholarship and community activities related to the program (such as EPS, EMR and student scholarships). We also want to establish lasting endowments for faculty development. Each of you will hear from us concerning the goals of the campaign. Your support is essential to reach this ambitious goal. As a first step, 100% of the DM faculty are providing their support for the campaign. One initiative coming from this campaign is that we will seek to obtain inspirational stories from our DM alumni. The concept came from Mohan Reddy, and I am truly thankful for this great idea and his generous support for it. The plan is to produce a high quality book of stories about DM alumni research, focused on the practitioner audience that is most likely to benefit from their research, and how their work furthers management practice to that audience. The vision is to build awareness among the practitioner community about terms such as “engaged management” and “research of consequence”. You will be hearing from us soon on how we will move forward with this project.

Finally, I look forward to seeing all of you at the DM alumni reunion on November 2nd and 3rd!


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