Dissertation Award Winners

2022 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2021


Daniel Sands, Strategy, Evaluation, and Valuation in Markets: The Role of Third Parties in the Creation and Capture of Value

New York University, Stern School of Business


Saerom (Ronnie) Lee, Organizing for Entrepreneurship

University of Michigan (Stephen M. Ross School of Business)

2021 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2020

Lindsey Cameron,
"The rise of algorithmic work: Implications for organizational control and worker autonomy"

Hyunjin Kim, "Field experiments on the barriers firms face in realizing gains from data"
Hugh Xiaolong Wu, "Field experiments in firms"

2020 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2019


Alicia DeSantola, Ph.D.
The Dynamics Of New Venture Development: Scaling And Entrepreneurial Teams

Doctoral Dissertation, Harvard University


John Eklund, Ph.D.
Great Idea, Now What? Three Essays Examining The Relationship Between Organization Design And Commercialization Of Knowledge

Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania

2019 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2018

Callen Anthony (2018) "Three Essays on the Relationship between Technological Tools and Knowlegde Work" 
Doctoral Dissertation, Boston College
Nominated by Mary Tripsas

Alexandrea Ravenelle (2018) "The New Entrepreneur: The Lived Experience of Sharing Economy Workers"
Doctoral Dissertation, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

2018 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2017 

Jake Grandy (2017) “Essays In Non-Market Strategy and Entrepreneurship"
Doctoral Dissertation, University of Southern California 
Nominated by Shon Hiatt

Sruthi Thatchenkery (2017) “Competitive Intelligence: Drivers and Consequences of Executives' Attention to Competitors in Enterprise Software"
Doctoral Dissertation, Stanford University 
Nominated by Riitta Katila

2017 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2016 

John Helveston (2016) “Development and Adoption of Plug-in Electric Vehicles in China:  Markets, Policy, and Innovation”
Doctoral Dissertation, Carnegie Mellon University
Nominated by Erica Fuchs

Sharla Alegria (2016) “A Mixed Methods Analysis of the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Migration in the High-Tech Workforce
Doctoral Dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Nominated by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

2016 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2015 

Alexandre Jacquillat (2015) “Integrated Allocation and Utilization of Airport Capacity to Mitigate Air Traffic Congestion”
Doctoral Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nominated by Amedeo Odoni

Daniel Armanios (2015) “What is the Role of the State in Entrepreneurship and Venture Performance?”
Doctoral Dissertation, Stanford University
Nominated by Charles Eesley

2015 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2014 

Tashlin Lakhani (2014) “Similar, but Different? Ownership Form, Human Resource Management and Performance in Franchise Businesses”
Doctoral Dissertation, Cornell University
Nominated by Rosemary Batt

Claire Senot (2014) “Combining Conformance Quality and Experiential Quality in the Delivery of Health Care”
Doctoral Dissertation, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Nominated by Aravind Chandrasekaran

2014 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2013 

Mevan Jayasinghe (2013) “Labor Codes and Human Resource Strategy in Emerging Economies: Establishment Outcomes and Worker Outcomes”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Management and Human Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nominated by Barry Gerhart and Larry W. Hunter

Mahka Moeen (2013) “Reconfiguration Strategies, Entrepreneurial Entry and Incubation of Nascent Industries: Three Essays”
Doctoral Dissertation, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Nominated by Rajshree Agarwal

2013 Conference 

Dissertation Defense: 2012 

Natalya Vinokurova (2012) “The 2008 Mortgage Crisis as a Failure of Analogical Reasoning”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Management and Organizations, New York University
Nominated by Adam Brandenburger

Lite Nartey (2012) “Networks of Influence: Implementing Politically Sustainable Multinational Stakeholder Strategies”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Managerial Science and Applied Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Nominated by Witold J. Henisz

2012 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2011

Emily Cox (2010) “Funding Innovation in New Firms: The Case of Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Nominated by Riitta Katila

Anindya Ghosh (2011) “Not Quite Up to Scratch: An Examination of Failure, Persistence, and ‘Living Dead’ Outcomes for Wireless Start-ups”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Managerial Science and Applied Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Nominated by Johannes Pennings

2011 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2010 

Elisabeth B. Reynolds (2010) “Institutions, Public Policy and the Product Life Cycle: The Globalization of
Biomanufacturing and Implications for Massachusetts”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nominated by Frank Levy

Claudio Wolter (2010) “Technological Competences and Firm Boundaries: An Empirical and Conceptual Investigation of Diversification, Vertical Integration and Profitability”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Nominated by Francisco Veloso

2010 Conference

Dissertation Defense: 2009

Adam Seth Litwin (2008) “Information Technology and the Employment Relationship: An Examination of the Adoption and Use of Electronic Health Records”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Management and Employment Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nominated by Thomas A. Kochan

Patrick Adam Wagstrom (2009) “Vertical Interaction in Open Software Engineering Communities”
Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Nominated by James D. Herbsleb