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Walsh College doctoral students are active in their professions and industries. Recent achievements and announcements are listed on this page.

2014

Congratulations to Brenton Bailo, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. Brenton’s dissertation study is titled, “An exploration of knowledge returns from offshore resources in research and development in the automotive industry.” His study will explore the process of intellectual capital returns from offshore resources by examining the perceptions and experiences of engineering supervisors of R&D in the automotive industry.

 

2013

Congratulations to Shanda Carr, who recently Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. Shanda’s dissertation study, titled “The Effect of Leadership Style on the Advancement of Middle Management Women in the Healthcare Industry,” will explore the effect leadership style has on the promotion of women in the healthcare field.

Congratulations to David Olszewski, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. David’s dissertation study is titled, “The Use of Systems Thinking by the Industrial Engineer as Organizational Leader.” His study will explore the theory of systems that uses systems thinking to transition success into organizational management among industrial engineers.

Congratulations to David J. Bazzetta, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. David’s dissertation study is titled, “Whistle-blowers and Post-conventional Moral Development: Toward Identifying Ethical and Moral Leadership.” David will be getting assistance from the Government Accountability Project, which is the nation’s leading whistle-blower protection and advocacy organization, and the Center for the Study of Ethical Development at the University of Alabama, to study individuals who have been involved in documented cases of whistle-blowing activity.

Congratulations to Sanjay D. Rishi, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program.  Sanjay’s dissertation study, titled “A Qualitative Exploration of Intra-Organizational Communication in Organizational Transformations,” will explore the insights and experiences of senior leaders on the role communication plays within an organization undergoing transformation.

Congratulations to Virginia Krolczyk, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. Virginia’s dissertation study, titled, “Superintendent Leadership Styles and Student Success,” will examine the relationship among superintendent leadership styles, the state of Michigan school district rankings, and district size in K-12 public education school systems.

Congratulations to Kathryn Baker, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. Kathryn’s dissertation study, titled, “Business Coaching and Leader Efficacy Development: A Comparative Study,” will examine the relationship that business coaching plays in leader efficacy development among small business leaders.

DM Candidate Jason Lijewski will defend his dissertation titled “Exploring Implementation of Organizational Change toward Environmental Sustainability” on Tuesday, January 15, at 10 a.m. The public defense will be held in Room 199 of the Troy Campus.

 

2012

Dr. Erin Hutton, a recent Walsh College Doctor of Management graduate, presented at the Society of Business Research conference in Nashville, Tenn., in November. Her presentation, based on the research of her dissertation, was titled, "Do Official Titles Make a Difference in Individuals' Perception of Acceptability in Performing Kouzes & Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.”

DM Student Mary Ellen Welsh has fulfilled the requirements for the Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership. Mary’s dissertation is titled “The Perceived Impact of Generational Attributes on Organizational Leadership Regarding Recruitment and Retention."

DM Student Rita Fields has fulfilled the requirements for the Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership. Rita’s dissertation is titled “Factors Influencing Leadership Development Efforts after the Detroit Riot." 

Congratulations to DM Student Christopher Davis, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Doctor of Management program. Christopher’s dissertation study, titled “The Impact of Intervention Methods on Emotional Intelligence,” will be an experimental study to test strategies for teaching emotional intelligence as part of the business curriculum.

Congratulations to Ann L. Saurbier, who Advanced to Candidacy in the Doctor of Management program. Ann’s dissertation study titled, “Tacit quality leadership: A phenomenological exploration of quality operationalized in the American accreditation process,” will explore the perceptions of quality in higher education. In her study, Ann will assess the lived experiences of selected Higher Learning Commission accreditation peer review corps members, whose personal perceptions of quality are one of many elements that influence the organizational processes of member institutions.

DM candidate Joyce Suber defended her dissertation titled "The effect of leadership style on negative intra-organizational competition" on Friday, May 11 at Walsh's Troy Campus.

DM candidate Erin Hutton defended her dissertation titled "Perception of organizational openness to performing Kouzes & Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership" on Wednesday, May 9  at Walsh's Troy Campus.

DM candidate Kimberly Hurns defended her dissertation titled "Business professionals' reflective practice in the workplace" on Friday, May 4 at Walsh's Troy Campus.

Congratulations to Jason Lijewski, who Advanced to Candidacy in the  Doctor of Management program. Jason’s dissertation study titled, “Exploring Implementation of Organizational Change toward Environmental Sustainability,” will explore the practices implemented by business leaders as they incur a change toward a more environmentally sustainable organization.

Walsh College confered its first doctoral degree at the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, January 28. Tracy Flaggs received the Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership. Tracy’s dissertation is titled “The Role of Courage as a Leadership Attribute in Women’s Business Enterprises."

DM student David Olszewski has been promoted to the position of manager, Industrial Engineering with FedEx in Dallas, TX.


2011

DM Candidate Tracy Flaggs defended her dissertation titled “The Role of Courage as a Leadership Attribute in Women’s Business Enterprises” on Thursday, December 8, at 2 p.m. at Walsh's Troy Campus. 

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Welsh, who Advanced to Candidacy in the Doctor of Management program. Mary’s dissertation study titled, “The Perceived Impact of Generational Attributes on Organizational Leadership Regarding Recruitment and Retention,” will examine the characteristics of four generations in the workplace and discern whether there is a relationship between generational attributes and organizational leadership, recruitment, and retention. Her quantitative study will survey the perceptions of human resources professionals in Southeastern Michigan.

Congratulations to Gary Labbe, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Doctor of Management program. Gary’s dissertation study titled, “The Effects of Selected Elements of Organizational Structural Capital on Nursing Team Performance,” will examine nursing teams and their organizations in a hospital setting to identify the levels of selected elements of structural capital that are present in the teams to determine if there is a correlation between the individual elements and team performance. The secondary methodology will verify the effectiveness of selected elements of structural capital that facilitate highly skilled teams’ success. The identified elements of structural capital are leadership, collaboration, diversity, trust, empowerment, and goals.

Congratulations to Erin Leigh Hutton, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Doctor of Management program. Erin’s dissertation study titled, “Perception of organizational openness to performing Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership,” will examine the individual’s perception of his or her organization’s acceptance of decisions that correspond with the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership as defined by noted leadership researchers James Kouzes and Barry Posner. The five practices of exemplary leadership include modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart. Erin’s study could offer implications for organizational design changes to encourage advancement toward the organizational vision of success.

Congratulations to Rita Fields, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. Rita’s dissertation study titled, “An Examination of the Effect of the 1967 Riot on Leadership Development in Detroit,” will include a historical review and interviews with members of several Detroit organizations that came into being immediately after and as a result of the riot and still exist to this day. She began the doctoral program in fall 2007, took two years of intensive coursework and qualifying exams, and recently defended her dissertation proposal.

Congratulations to Kimberly M. Hurns, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Doctor of Management program. Her dissertation study titled, “Business Professionals’ Reflective Practice in the Workplace,” will examine the relationship between workplace learning and reflective practice. She began the doctoral program in fall 2007, took two years of intensive coursework, and qualifying exams, and defended her dissertation proposal.  Kim was selected to present the rationale for her dissertation at the First International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on June 2-5, 2011.

Congratulations to doctoral student Tracy Flaggs for presenting a paper titled, “W. Edwards Deming as an Innovative Thought Leader,” at the 17th Annual International Deming Research Seminar held March 21-22, in New York City. The seminar was sponsored by the Fordham University Graduate School of Business, The W. Edwards Deming Institute, and The Deming Cooperative.

Congratulations to Joyce L. Suber, who has Advanced to Candidacy in the Walsh College Doctor of Management program. The focus of Joyce’s research is workplace competition. Her dissertation study titled, “The Effect of Leadership Style on Negative Intra-Organizational Competition,” will explore whether leaders with a particular management style, in traditional business environments, have encouraged the proliferation of non-productive, negative competitive environments.

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