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Indiana University East professor to receive the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award.

A dissertation paper authored by Dr. Wongun Goo and featuring groundbreaking insights on the effects of visionary leadership has won the 2016 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award. The award is given by the Center for Leadership (CFL) at Florida International University (FIU) in partnership with the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS).

Dr. Goo will be presented with his award, including a $3,000 cash prize, at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management to be held August 5-9, 2016, in Anaheim, California.

“To win the Alvah Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation award is quite an honor,” said Dr. Goo, who is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration & Management in the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. “I really couldn’t believe it when I heard the news.”


Dr. Goo’s dissertation is titled “Just Right: A Person-Environment Fit Approach to Visionary Leadership.” While intuitively we may all think visionary leadership is vital for organizational success and employee engagement, the study shows that a form of matching must occur in order to have desired outcomes. That is, realizing that one-size-doesn’t-fit-all when it comes to a vision of the future, leaders should adjust the amount of vision- what aspects of the big picture- they share. This includes in situations such as one-on-one discussions with members versus when a leader is addressing a group of people.

The Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes young scholars who are forging new pathways in leadership research. This collaboration with the NLS allows The Center to support scholarship of the highest caliber and to provide a forum for disseminating research that is at the forefront of leadership theory and practice. NLS is a part of the Academy of Management, the world’s preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars.

Dr. Nathan Hiller, Academic Director of the Center for Leadership, is a member of the international selection committee for the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award. “We are thrilled with how this award generates more and more buzz each year,” says Dr. Hiller. “Entries come from around the world and Dr. Goo’s work had very strong competition. We are delighted to name his as the outstanding dissertation.”

As the 2016 awardee, Dr. Goo has been invited to deliver a presentation based on the winning dissertation at The Center’s Annual Leadership Research Colloquium in Miami, Florida in the Spring of 2017.