School of Business Faculty & Student Research Recognized

During the 2011-2012 academic year, several School of Business faculty members and students were recognized for their outstanding research.

MBA Candidate Ms. Kaylee Hackney Wins King-Mertz Award

Ms. Kaylee Hackney, MBA Candidate, has earned the King-Mertz Award of Excellence for her research project entitled, "An Empirical Study of Student Willingness to Study Abroad."  The Award of Excellence is given to the author of the best research/creative activity project emerging from each college during the previous year and reflects a significant contribution to the discipline.  It is the second highest form of recognition for a research project at Eastern Illinois University.  Ms. Hackney completed the project with her faculty mentor Dr. David Boggs, Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Management.

Dr. David Boggs and MBA Candidate Ms. Kaylee Hackney

At the Academy of International Business-Midwest Conference, Ms. Kaylee Hackney, MBA Candidate, presented, "Discrepancies in Entrepreneurship Ratings: A Search for Answers in Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic and Panama," (which was co-authored with MBA alumnus Mr. Daniel Thurston). The paper won the prestigious 2012 Best Paper Award at the conference. Dr. David Boggs, Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Management, served as faculty research mentor for the paper.


Dr. Michael Dobbs and MBA Alumnus Mr. Tristan Pisarczyk

At the 2012 MBAA International conference held in Chicago, Mr. Tristan Pisarczyk was awarded the McGraw-Hill/Irwin Distinguished Paper for the Business, Society and Government track.  The paper was titled, "The MOWST Matrix for Nonprofit Strategic Decision Making," and was co-authored by Dr. Michael Dobbs, Assistant Professor of Management.


Dr. Marko Grünhagen and Dr. Melody Wollan

At the recent International Society of Franchising (ISoF) annual conference, two School of Business faculty were honored with the 2012 Best Paper Award: Dr. Melody Wollan, Associate Professor of Management, and Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship.  Their paper was titled, "The Moderating Role of HR Operational Autonomy on the Entrepreneurial Orientation–Performance Link in Franchise Systems," and was co-authored by Lola Dada, Lancaster University, and Anna Watson at the University of the Arts, London.