Past Dissertation of the Year Award Winners

Past Dissertation of the Year Award Winners

Below are past winners of the Dissertation of the Year Award. Record of awardees dates back to 2005. 

2017 Award Recipients

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Dissertation of the Year – Business

  • Award Recipient:  Daniel Roberts
  • Chair:  Joann Kovacich
  • Committee Members:  R.J. Gore and Melvin J. Rivers
  • Dissertation Title:  A Comprehensive Plan for Providing Chaplaincy Support to Wounded Female Soldiers: A Delphi Study

Dissertation of the Year – Education

  • Award Recipient:  Teresa Hutchinson
  • Chair:  Arfe Ozcan
  • Committee Members:  Carol Hall and Barbara Trent
  • Dissertation Title:  Assessment of Complex Simulation Value in MBA Courses: A Quantitative Ex Post Facto Study

Dissertation of the Year – Healthcare

  • Award Recipient:  Patricia Walker
  • Chair:  Joann Kovacich
  • Committee Members:  Margaret Kroposki and Stephanie Hoffman
  • Dissertation Title:  Nursing Ethics in Stem Cell Research: Perceived Attitudes and Beliefs of Nurses

2013 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Mukengeshayi Tshimanga
  • Chair:  Dr. Marilyn Simon
  • Committee Members: George Graham and Edward Paluch
  • Dissertation Title: Universal Health Care in the State of Georgia: A Mixed Methods Modified Delphi Study

Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Joseph Hage
  • Chair:  Dr. Richard Schuttler
  • Committee Members: Ruby Rouse and Barry Posner
  • Dissertation Title:  Influence of Religion and Religiosity on Leadership Practices in the Workplace: A Quantitative Correlation Study

2012 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Donald Ray Williams
  • Chair:  Dr. Regina Casrter-Trice
  • Committee Members: Debra Brown and Sandra Lane
  • Dissertation Title: Rural HealthCare: A Phenomenological Study of Factors that Increase Diseases in Rural Communities

Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. David Westley Duren
  • Chair:  Dr. John Johnson
  • Committee Members: Joshua Fischer and Michelle Lavicka
  • Dissertation Title:  Leadership Views and Perceptions: A Study of Accounting Practices in Sacred Institutions

2011 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Kristine Wheeler
  • Chair:  Dr. Avis Kunz
  • Committee Members: Ronald C. Johnson and Dorothy Williams
  • Dissertation Title: Word Choice, Sentence Structure, and Tone in E-mails on Shared Message Understanding

Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. David Eugene House
  • Chair:  Dr. Mary Ann Wangemann
  • Committee Members: Cheryl Cotton and Alan G. Walker
  • Dissertation Title:  Investigating the Ability of an Existing Upward-Feedback Instrument to Predict Employee Intent to Leave

2010 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Ramon L. Benedetto
  • Mentor:  Dr. Linda S. Wing
  • Committee Members: Dr. George J. Graham and Dr. Gail A. Zwart
  • Dissertation Title: An Ethnographic Study of Character-Based Culture in a Small Business Setting

Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Amanda Peirano
  • Mentor:  Dr. Sandra Pepicello Wise
  • Committee Members: Dr. Ed Paluch and Dr. Michelle A. Rose
  • Dissertation Title:  Spirituality and Quality of Life Among Individuals with Limb Amputation

2009 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Susan Anne Ziebarth
  • Mentor:  Dr. Sandy Kolberg
  • Committee Members: Dr. Craig Barton and Dr. Anthony Kortens
  • Dissertation Title: The Paradox of Intention and CEO Leadership: A Dialogic Inquiry Action Research Study
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Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Demetrio B. Nitafan
  • Mentor:  Dr. Leo R. Stevens
  • Committee Members: Dr. Aleta Best and Dr. Carla Thompson
  • Dissertation Title:  Characteristics of Leadership Styles Influencing Mortgage Fraud Reduction

2008 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Mixed Methods

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Than Lam
  • Mentor:  Dr. Theresa Lao
  • Committee Members:  Dr. Ron Black and Dr. Marilyn Simon
  • Dissertation Title:  Strategies for promoting business-IT fusion to meet organizational demands: A case study
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Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Michael Bixenman
  • Mentor:  Dr. Douglas Lepelley
  • Committee members:  Dr. Sandra Gravett and Dr. Sandra Kolberg
  • Dissertation title: Leading open innovation across global strategic alliances: A grounded theory study
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Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Kathleen Bonvicini
  • Mentor:  Dr. Ruby Rouse
  • Committee members: Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. David Hall
  • Dissertation title: Physician empathy: Impact of communication training on physician behavior and patient perceptions
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2007 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Mixed Methods

  • Award Recipient: Dr. Eli Konorti
  • Mentor:  Dr. Johnny Morris
  • Committee members:  Dr. John NeNigris and Dr. Gerald Griffin
  • Dissertation title:  The relationship between wealth creation and professional management in entrepreneurial enterprises
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Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Dean Fish
  • Mentor:  Dr.  Sandra Kolberg
  • Committee members:  Dr. John DeNigris and Dr. Jay Klagge
  • Dissertation title: A study of entropy in post-merger and post-acquisition integration
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Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Anthony Yitts
  • Mentor:  Dr. Tathagata Dasgupta
  • Committee members:  Dr. Stephanie Hoffman and Dr. Jieffeng Xu
  • Dissertation title:  A dynamically nonlinear approach to disruptive innovation analysis for appropriate leadership decision-making
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2006 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Mixed Methods

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Michael Scharff
  • Mentor name:  Dr. Freda Turner
  • Committee members:  Dr. Kimberly Blum and Dr. Bahaudin Mujtaba
  • Dissertation title:  A Study of the Dyadic Relationships Between Managers and Virtual Employees
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Dissertation of the Year - Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Richard Dean Rowlett
  • Mentor:  Dr. Freda Turner
  • Committee members:  Dr. Deborah Schaff Johnson and Dr. Louise Underdahl
  • Dissertation title:  Mergers and Acquisitions: A Phenomenological Case Study
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Dissertation of the Year - Quantitative

  • Award recipient:  Dr. Larry Buzan
  • Mentor name:  Dr. Jay Klagge
  • Committee members:  Dr. Marie Abram and Dr. Anthony Kortens
  • Dissertation title:  The Relationship Among Cultural Distance, Social Ties, and Tacit Knowledge Sharing in a Multinational Corporation
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2005 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year – Best Qualitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Kevin J. Baker
  • Mentor:  Dr. Marilyn Simon
  • Committee members:  Dr. Kimberly Blum and Dr. Deborah Schaff Johnson
  • Dissertation title:  A Model for leading Online K-12 Learning Environments

Dissertation of the Year – Best Quantitative

  • Award Recipient:  Dr. Gloria D. Abe
  • Mentor:  Dr. Carolyn Salerno
  • Committee members:  Dr. Anthony W. Poet and Dr. Fred Turner
  • Dissertation title:  Leader Emotional Intelligence and Employee Turnover