Research Fellows

Research Fellows

Dena Bateh


Dr. Bateh is currently a full-time Professor of Management & International Business in New York City. In addition to teaching International Trade and Marketing, her areas of expertise also include Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Integrated Marketing, Model United Nations and Organizational Behavior, She obtained her Ph.D. in International Economics from Columbia University completing her doctoral dissertation on Healthcare Improvement in Third World Countries- A Focus on Egypt and both her M.B.A. and B.A. from Jacksonville University (Florida).

Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Bateh worked extensively in the Pharmaceutical Industry focusing on cardiovascular health.  She is also the co-founder of the American-Egyptian Aid Foundation, a United Nations NGO.  Other than teaching and working with the NGO, Dr. Bateh devotes her time to scholarship, currently in the areas of Globalization, Cultural Evolution, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the MENA Region, Digital Privacy, and Healthcare Technology. Dr. Bateh is also the leads the UoPx Special Interest Group blog – “The Cultural Impact on Globalization”. 


James Rice, DM IST

James C. Rice is the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture for MoneyGram International. He is responsible for aligning technology services with strategic business objectives. MoneyGram provides access to financial services for agents and consumers in more than 200 countries through more than 350,000 global locations using secure internet, kiosk and mobile technologies. Dr Rice researches the relationship between information technology governance and the secure delivery of efficient business services for consumers.
As a research fellow, Dr. Rice will be leading the "Digital Consumer Confidence' project.  The project has the following components:

1. define digital confidence - three layers: societal, firm, consumers. Rationale - in order for consumers to be confident about using online transactions firms have to make consumers be able to trust them. Interactions between firms and consumers are not enough as a country (soverign) have explict laws and regulations that enable/discourage online activities. Moreover, implicit customs/practices surroudning online activities should also be investigated for each country.

2. after defininig concepts, identify variables. e.g., digital privacy - what measurement should be used?

3. data collection - sources, timeframe, availability for countries

4. model development - what model will best describe the concepts put forward

5. analyses - what do the results tell us about digital confidence around the world.

Kim Capehart

Dr. Kim Capehart is an educator, speaker, motivator, and business consultant. He is the founder, president, and CEO of three multi-million-dollar corporations. He has consulted dreamers with aspirations of being a start-up entrepreneur to Fortune 500 companies across the country as well as internationally. He has been published in textbooks, trade magazines, and peer-reviewed journals. He also published a novel entitled, “My African Safari” in 1999, and a featured guest columnist in newspapers. Dr. Capehart has also taught in higher education for nearly 20 years for numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Phoenix since 2008. He also speaks nationally and internationally concerning social media, digital media, marketing and eMarketing, leadership, and management. He also speaks nationally and internationally as a motivational speaker sharing his story.
Dr. Capehart's research interest is two-fold with an emphasis on digital education in higher education and clinical surgery.

Pam Ann Gordon


Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Pamela Ann Gordon, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Management from Northcentral University in 2008. Her three master’s degrees are in Human Resource Management; Organization and Leadership; and an MBA with a specialization in Marketing. She has 22 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with 17 of those years in corporate management/leadership positions. She has more than 10 years of post-secondary teaching experience and currently works for University of Phoenix fostering faculty development. Her research interests are in the areas of management/leadership, organizational behavior, marketing, and human resource management. Her published articles appear in Management and Organizational Studies; SAGE Research Methods Cases; Career Convergence; Journal of Business and Economics Research; Journal of Diversity Management; American Jails, Progressive Grocer, and, Counseling Today.

Paul Wendee


Dr. Paul M. Wendee is the Managing Director of Paul M. Wendee & Associates, LLC, a corporate finance, private equity, and management consulting firm which he founded in 1998. He has been an entrepreneur, investment banker, securities analyst, and private equity fund manager for 36 years. He publishes an award-winning investment newsletter, the Intrinsic Value Wealth Report. He is the creator of Value Driver Theory, a new way of understanding and strategically thinking about business; and teaches courses in business, investments, economics, entrepreneurship, and finance to university students worldwide. He founded the Value Driver Institute and Research and Educational Expedition Programs (VDI/REEP), a non-profit organization with a mission to conduct research on enterprise value driver theory and the enterprise value creation process; and to take the business incubator concept to places in the world where business incubators are not commonly found, but where they are needed the most.

Dr. Wendee's research agenda is as follows:

1. "The Unexpected Discovery of Value Driver Theory," a manuscript ready to submit to a peer-reviewed journal.

2. Book Chapter: "An Epilogue to Succession Planning: Understanding the Value of Your Enterprise," which will be published in the book, Succession Planning: Promoting Organizational Sustainability. Expected publication date: February 2018.

3. Work in Progress: "The Six Essential Concepts of Investing." A blog in the Intrinsic Value Wealth Report, an investment newsletter is published introducing The Six Essential Concepts of Investing. The blog can be accessed here: Intrinsic Value Wealth Report and signing up for the Free Membership to the report.

4. Work in Progress: a research showing the link between Futures Studies and Value Driver Theory.

Louis Daily, Ph.D.


He has recently become interested in qualitative techniques such as phenomenology and this is the method being used by one of his SAS mentees. Interests include quality control, anything involving linear regression or econometrics, the problems of emerging economies, consumer psychology, organizational behavior, and other areas. He recently presented his research "The Discrete Emotions Controversy and Relevance To Consumer Behavior" at the Association For Consumer Research - Asian Pacific Conference in Hong Kong.

Leo Maganares, Ed.D.


Leo Maganares began his career as a Naval Officer. He earned his BS degree in Naval Engineering (1980) and served as Chief Engineer on numerous naval ships.  From the very beginning of his career, he understood the significance of the human factor for the success of any organization.

Driven by his passion in leadership, he received a scholarship for postgraduate studies in Management at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. During his studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, he was inspired by the Total Quality Leadership Theory. In 1995, he resigned from the Navy at the rank of Commander Engineer. He then started his second career in Monterey, California as an entrepreneur college instructor and administrator.

Since 1995, Dr. Leo Maganares has contributed to the success of many colleges as Director of Academic Affairs, Dean of Education, Department Chair of Business and Technology, and Instructor of Business, Mathematics, and Computerized Accounting. In 2004, he founded The Learning Triangle, School of Mathematics which was developed and implemented as an on campus and online program for Middle School, High School, College and University students, as well as working professionals.

In 2007, he earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Change from the Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. 

Currently, he facilitates QNT/561 Applied Business Research and Statistics, QNT/351 Quantitative Analysis for Business, and supports the Strategic Analysis and Planning program faculty as Lead Faculty Area Chair. He also serves UOP School of Advanced Studies learners as Dissertation Chair, and facilitator BUS/731 Transforming the Business I, and MGT/711 Strategic Opportunities in an Internet Based Global Economy.

Lillie Hibbler-Britt, PhD


Dr. Lillie M. Hibbler-Britt is the Campus College Chair for the School of Business for the Jersey City Campus of the University of Phoenix. She has her BS in Business from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, her MBA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH and her PhD in Organizational Behavior, concentrating in Human Resources from Capella University, in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Hibbler-Britt has over 24 years of corporate experience working for such Fortune 500 companies as: Harris Corporation, Emerson Electric, Prudential Financial and Wells Fargo/Wachovia Securities. Her corporate experience is in the defense and financial services industries.

Prior to becoming full-time with the University of Phoenix, she was the founder and owner of The Focus Investment Team, in Charlotte NC.

Dr. Hibbler-Britt has taught both graduate and undergraduate Human Resources courses and is involved in the Human Resources Curriculum development committee for the university

Dr. Hibbler-Britt has served as a Human Relations Commissioner for the city of York, PA, and was recognized as a Dr. Maya Angelou Woman Who Lead by the United Negro College Fund, Charlotte NC. She published her first book River Voices: Breaking the Silence in 2011.

Employer / Organization: 
University of Phoenix, School of Business
Position Held: 
Campus College Chair

Norris Krueger, PhD


Growing entrepreneurial individuals, communities and organizations. Deeply engaged scholarship, passionately innovative education and training.