Significant Dissertations

Significant Dissertations

[doctorate in business]
Selected Doctoral Dissertations
Demonstrating Research Capability 

Dissertations of students and graduates contribute to theoretical knowledge and managerial practice. In addition, they demonstrate the knowledge and skill that doctoral candidates acquire and develop throughout the program as well as their dedication to continuous learning and development.

Below is a partial list of recent dissertation titles. The list is long, and some of the dissertations were completed some time ago, to provide you with a sense of the range of topics, issues, and approaches studied by doctoral candidates.

Haroon R. Abbu, Forms of Market Orientation: An Empirical Analysis of Implementation and Internalization Levels and Its Impact on Firm Performance, 2017.

Steven B. Adams, Retrenchment, Organizational Slack, and Shareholder Wealth, 2008.

Michael A. Allocca, Innovation Speed in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, 2003.

Pauline Assenza, The Identity Salience and Self-Determination of Professionals: Implications for the Organizational Citizenship Behavior of Faculty in Institutions of Higher Education, 2010.

Refael Aviram, Isomorphism of Internal Audit Functions of Universities and Colleges in Isreal, 2015.

Claire R. Baldwin, Emotional Intelligence in Conflict, 2014.

Areeg I. Barakat, The Impact of Ethnic Identity and Religiosity on the Consumption and Shopping Behaviors of Arab Americans, 2012.

Steven E. Bear, The Impact of Organizational Context on the Willingness to Be a Mentor, 2012.

Russell J. Barr, The Effects of Managerial Learning on Corporate Environmental Management Level in the Mining Industry, 2014.

Galit Ben-Joseph, The Effect of Family Responsibilities on Working Mothers in Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Academia, 2012.

Tyzz-Yun Chen, An Examination of Banks' Internal Processes for Estimating Allowance for Loan Losses, 2004.

Claudie J. Chereau, Ethanol in the U.S. Energy Mix: The Business of Ethanol and its Environment, 2009.

Zenon Christodoulou, Community Dependence Based Model of Family Business Succession, 2010.

Michael Dennis Cole, Marketing Consequences of Technology Enabled Consumer Collaboration with Products, 2010.

Christopher C. Corrao, Did Proprietary Trading By Banks Contribute to the 2008 Great Recession?, 2014.

Donna A Cristo, What Makes a Spinoff or Equity Carveout Successful? And Is the Parent Better Off after the Divestiture?, 2003.

Ying Cui, First-Day Underpricing and Aftermarket Performance of Initial Public Offerings across the Business Cycle, 2002.

William G. Cummings, Market Reaction to the Securities and Exchange Commission's Adoption of Regulation Fair Disclosure, 2006.

Thomas P. D'Angelo, An Evaluation of the Information Content of Cash Flow Data Disclosed with Corporate Earnings Announcements, 2014.

Samuel M. Danzis, A Comparative Analysis of Global Credit Insurance and its Effects on Business, 2008.

Paul P. Daulerio, Jr., Female versus Male Entrepreneurial Motivation Factors, 2014.

Alex M. David, The Rise in Black Women Business Owners, 1997-2001, 2009.

Luis E. Davila, Managers as Agents versus Angels: An Agency Theory Paradox of Corporate Social Responsibility, Bankruptcy, and Recovery, 2016.

George L. DeFeis, Strategic Alliance Renewal as Related to Alliance Partner Outcome and Customer Goal Achievement: A Proposed Framework, 2013.

James A DiGabriele, An Empirical Investigation of Court Preferences for the Valuation of Closely Held Companies, 2006.

Dennis M. Dillon, An Empirical Investigation of Goodwill Impairment Indicators in the Framework of FASB No. 141 and FASB No. 142, 2004.

Frank J. DiMeglio, Economic Democracy: Emerging Determinants of Economic and Social Prosperity, 2004.

John T. Donnellan, An Analysis of the Stability and Accuracy of Moody's Stock and Bond Ratings during the U.S. Great Depression, 2013.

Noel D. Engels, The Categorization Effect and the Mature American Shopper, 2011.

Sean P. Driscoll, The Business of Participatory Culture: Prosumer Value Creation Activities and their Impact on the Video Game Industry, 2015.

Birgit Elchoueri, Strategic Homogeneity in Industries and the Diffusion of Corporate Social Practices, 2015.

Michael Esposito, The Impact of the New Emerging Technical Subfields on Business: A Study of the Consumer Magazine Industry, 2010.

J. Thomas Failla, Building on the Theory of Planned Behavior: Moderator Effects on Intentions and Actions in the Purchase of Environmentally Preferred Products, 2008.

Jianing Fang, An Empirical Investigation of the Efficient Stock Market Hypothesis, 2006.

Tseng-Chang Fann, The Competitive Advantages of The Toyota Motor Corporation: Integrating Theory into a Profitability Model, 2009.

Andrew P. Feldstein, The Establishment Brand as Straw Man: Oppositional Brand Loyalty and Online Brand Community Dynamics, 2008.

Thomas C. Finnerty, Drivers of Inaccurate Inventory at Retail Using the Seemingly Unrelated Regression Model, 2006.

James M. Fornaro, Corporate Accountability: Voluntary Reporting on Management's Responsibilities over Financial Reporting, 2002.

Andrew A. Forte, Antecedents to and Outcomes of the Family Founder Withdrawal Decision, 2009.

Joseph J. Foy, Enticing Consumers to Donate More: Consumer Perceptions of a Novel Cause-Related Marketing Strategy, 2016.

Michael Friedman, The Impact of Direct-to-Customer Prescription Drug Marketing on Pharmaceutical Industry Stakeholders, 2006.

James W. Gabberty, Do Trade Deficits Matter and If So, Will China's Trade Deficit Inflict the Same Damage to the U.S. Economy as the persistent Japanese Trade Deficit? - Determinants from a Macroeconomic Perspective, 2003.

Taranza Ganziro, The Impact of the US Dollar Reserve Status on the US Twin Deficits, 2014.

Douglas C. Gautsch, Understanding Newcomer Socialization through Culture, Leadership, and Affective Commitment, 2015.

Robert Goehrke, The Relationships of Q Ratings to Ohanian's Source Credibility Model, 2002.

Donald R. Goeltz, External Exploration Portfolio Characteristics and Firm Performance, 2011.

Guldem Gokcek, Measurement of Brand Equity: a Cross-Discipline Study, 2001.

Marsha Gordon, The Role of Trust and Power in Not-for-Profit Governance: Effective Utilization of the Social Network for Organizational Benefit, 2006.

Andre Guimaraes, The Life Cycle of Open Source Software Projects: An Empirical Examination, 2008.

Edward Hannsen, Market Transaction Costs and Firm's IT Outsourcing Decisions, 2008.

Roberta M. Harris, A Study of Differences in Cultural Value Orientation among the General U.S. Market, U.S. Chinese, and U.S. Indian Consumers and their Affect on the Predictive Power of the Mental Budgeting Model of Consumer Choice and Buying Behavior, 2009.

David O. Hartman, Assessing the Effects of Coaching on Organizational Learning, 2011.

Shelia A. Healy, The Effects of Gender and Perception on Entrepreneurship, 2012.

Steven R. Hegemann, The Effect of FASB Statement 123R on Stock Repurchases: An Empirical Examination of Management Incentives, 2013.

Barbara A. Hillenbrand, Trade Creation, Trade Diversion, and Comparative Advantage in the European Union Prior to and after Adoption of the Euro Currency, 2005.

Pazel G. Jackson, Innovation during a Period of Banking Crisis: A Top Management's Role in Strategic Planning the Case of Chemical Bank, 2009.

Peter M. Johnson, The Relationship of Organizational Improvisation to Market Orientation, 2014.

Sophie R. Kaufman, The Role of Mindfulness in Cultural Intelligence: Impact on Culturally Congruent Patient Care, 2013.

Colleen P. Kirk, Consuming Concepts: The Hedonic and Utilitarian Effects of Perceived Interactivity in a Digital Information Products Context, 2012.

Erich A. Knehans, Corporate Governance and the Relationship to Shareholder Risk and Returns, 2009.

Richard N. LaRocca, The Causes and Consequences of Political and Socio-Economic Determinants of Corruption around the World, 2012.

Calvester C. Legister, The Economic Opportunities of Retirement Migration in Central America and the Caribbean, 2016.

Michael A. Leibrock, Systemic Risk and a Variation on the Merton Model for U.S. Bank Analysis, 2015.

Janet Lenaghan, The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence, Work-Family Conflict, and Well-being rrom a Human Resource Management Perspective, 2005.

Christopher C. P. Lo, Examining the Activeness of Equity Mutual Funds Under Changing Volatility Conditions, 2014.

Bridget M. Lyons, A Corporate Stakeholder Framework to Facilitate the Identification and Incorporation of Environmental Impacts into Capital Investment Decisions, 2000.

Richard L. Mahee, Can the Right Kind of Commitment Increase Knowledge Sharing?, 2006.

Thomas D. Marshall, Sports Sponsorship: Understanding the Influences Affecting Sponsor Awareness in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry, 2006.

Robert K. McClean, Measuring Service Quality, Price, and Overall Customer Satisfaction and Their Effect on Customer Retention and Referral in the Deregulated Electric Energy Industry, 2002.

Scott P. McGregor, Value Relevance of Embedded Value for Life Insurers, 2007.

Patrick J. McGuigan, Professionalism and the Constraint on Strategic Choice: An Examination of the Insurance Industry, 2009.

Cathleen A. McQuillen, Impact of Board Composition on Forming Strategic Alliances for Sustainability and Social Responsibility Ratings, 2011.

Bernard McSherry, A Private Sector Response to Rising Systematic Risk: The Formation of the New York Stock Exchange Clearing House in 1892, 2012.

Kenneth S. Mias, The Relationship between Servant Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness Using the Competing Values Framework, 2010.

Dorothy Minkus-McKenna, Evolution of Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Transitional Economies, 2003.

Kevin R. Mirabile, The Implication of Incentives, Discretion, and Operating Environment on Hedge Fund Performance from 2000 to 2010, 2013.

Paul Mohan, The Influence of Compartmentalization and Expansiveness of Training and Development, Continuous learner on Organizational Attractiveness, 2016.

Richard J. Monahan, An Empirical Examination of Market Orientation, Learning Orientation, and Business Performance in the Hospital Industry, 2002.

Dawn M. Mueller, Market Orientation and Worker Type: Knowledge Workers vs. Talent Workers and Their Influence on the Organization, 2014.

Douglas L Nay, An Empirical Study of the Effects of Enterprise Solutions of Profitability and Internationalization, 2003.

Carmine Nogara, Corporate Discretion on R&D and Earnings Management, 2009.

Arthur J. O'Connor, The De-Humanizing Effect of Industry Automation on Organizational Adaptation to Changing Social Values: An Empirical Study of the Relationship of Industry labor Productivity and Per Capita Cost Ratio with Corporate LGBT Equality Scores, 2014.

Jayanta Pandit, Corporate Focus and Tracking Stocks, 2002.

John Paul, The Impact of Fraud-Based Legal Rulings on Discretionary Accrual Policies, 2008.

Catherine M. Petersen, A Study of the Differentiation of the Maintenance Dimension of Intra-Group Interactive Processes, 2007.

William G. Pope, The Use of Computer Conferencing as an Organization Knowledge Transfer Tool, 2001.

David T. Puskar, Investigation of Underwriting Fees for Asset-Backed Securities, 2008.

Hong Qin, The Chinese Stock Market: IPOs, Corporate Governance, and Government Regulations, 2013.

Walead A. Refai, Do Change in Corporate Bond Ratings Lead and Predict Changes in Sovereign Bond Ratings?, 2017.

Jeffrey L. Repace, The Influence of Perceived Brand Age and Consumers' Cognitive Age upon
Their Acceptance of New Products
, 2010.

Charles W. Richardson, Ethnicity or Nationality? A Cross Cultural Extension of the Animosity Model of Foreign Product Purchase, 2009.

Mary Tone Rodgers, Interactions between the Financial Markets and the Banking System in the Panic of 1907, 2011.

John A. Ruddy, The Relation of Bank Financial Strength Ratings and Financial Institution Performance, 2016.

Vijay S. Sampath, Determinants of the Invisible and Visible Hands of Punishment: An Examination of Corporate Bribery Prosecutions, 2014.

Bernard J. Schumacher, Organizational Response to Exogenous Environmental Shocks: The Role of Professional Associations in the Theorization and Adoption of Professional Standards of Practice, 2007.

Patricia E. Scipio, The Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Section 404 - Material Weaknesses in Internal Controls on Restatements of Financial Statements, 2012.

Carol J. Scovotti, The Online Retailing Decision: Development and Testing of the SIRFS Model, 2001.

Frank A. Shepard, The Return, Risk, and Value Added of Private Equity Fund Sponsors, 2013.

Thomas K. Shu, Testing the Difference Between Good and Bad Agents-Real Opinions, Agency Costs in Corporate Governance, 2003.

Alan J. Smagler, Integration and the Development of Leader-Member Exchange in Mixed-Gender versus Same-Gender Dyads, 2010.

David D. Spaulding, The Predictability of Holdings-Based Residuals as a Result of Trading Turnover and Other Market Factors, 2014.

Earl P. Spencer, The Benefits of Event Sponsorship: Audience Involvement a Key, 2000.

Edmund E. Sperry, Option Pricing Methodology Applied to the Capital Structure of the Firm, 2010.

Theodosia B. Streets, The Workplace Experience of Professional Women of Color: The Bicultural Gap, 2011.

Peter E. Swift, The Organizational Learning Impact of Job Rotation in the Marketing and Sales Functions of Business to Consumer Firms, 2010.

Barbara E. Tarasovich, The Impact of Patent Cliffs on Acquisition Activity: An Empirical Investigation within the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries, 2011.

Lanze J. Thompson, The Impact of Globalization on Industry Consolidation through Mergers and Acquisitions, 2002.

Chou-I Tsai, Takeovers of Publicly and Privately Held Targets: A Closer Examination of Bidder Returns in Cash Offers, 2002.

Ching Hue Tsay, Fair Value Measurement Risks and REITs during the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis, 2010.

David L. Von Kleeck, Evolutionary Parameter Optimization of Knowledge-Based Financial Index Trading Systems, 2000.

William J. Watko, The Non-Linear Effect of Operational Hedging on Cash Flow Volatility for Multinational Firms, 2005.

Shai Y. Weil, Religion and its Relation to Business and Economics: MENAs Countries' View Towards the FDI Flow, 2009.

Kathryn L. Woodbury, First Mover Advantage in Controlled Foreign Emerging Markets: Enablers and Moderators for Successful Entry, 2012.

Tzyy-Jeng Wu, FDIC Insurance, Regulatory Intervention, and Market Discipline: The Use of Subordinated Debt, 2003.

Douglas L. York, The Effects of Organizational Transformation via Major Expense Reduction or Performance Improvement Initiatives on the Management Style of Hospital Middle Management Personnel, 2013.

Oren Zahavi, The Creation of Economic Inventories as a Mechanism for Reducing High Oil Prices, 2007.

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