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Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Center for Leadership (CFL) at Florida International University is pleased to sponsor the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award in partnership with the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS). This award honors an individual whose dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the field of leadership. The recipient of the award will receive a $3,000 cash prize, be honored at the Network of Leadership Scholars meeting at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, and be supported to deliver an invited presentation at the FIU Center for Leadership.

2017 Award Recipient

Dorothy Carter LeadershipDr. Dorothy Carter
Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 
University of Georgia

The recipient of the 2017 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Dorothy Carter. Dr. Carter’s dissertation, titled, The Motivational Drivers of Leadership Emergence in Multiteam Systems, was selected from a pool of high-quality scholarly work across five different countries. Dr. Carter’s dissertation leveraged a social network approach to identify key drivers of emergent leadership relationships connecting members of complex interdependent systems comprised of multiple component teams. Her findings reveal that the goals emphasized within component teams underpin constituent members’ participation in leadership processes in relation to members of other component teams, and ultimately, the patterns of leadership relationships that arise across component teams shape the success or failure of the system as a whole. Dr. Carter earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Psychology from Wright State University. Dr. Carter’s research focuses on the factors that support collaboration effectiveness in teams and larger collectives. Her research has been published or is in press in multiple outlets, including Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Group and Organization Management, and The Oxford Handbook of Leadership. She is also the Primary Investigator on a project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to enhance the multiteam collaboration processes that will be necessary in order to send a team of humans to Mars. Dr. Carter is a member of The Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and The Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research.

Additional details

  • Criteria for Submissions

    To be considered for this award:

    • The paper must be based on a doctoral dissertation successfully defended within the past two years (after January 1, 2016).
    • The student must be first author and will be the recipient of the award.


    To be considered outstanding, the paper should:

    1. Make an interesting contribution to advancing new ideas or new frameworks of thinking in the field of leadership.
    2. Strongly incorporate relevant theoretical and empirical literature.
    3. Demonstrate appropriate analysis and interpretation of the research results
    4. Offer interesting (and warranted) inferences regarding the theoretical and applied implications of the findings and suggest promising directions for future research.
    5. Logically, succinctly, and clearly present the ideas.

    The following guidelines will be used to ensure consistent submissions by candidates. Submissions that are not in accordance with these guidelines will not be reviewed.

    • All documents submitted (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in Portable Document Format (.PDF).
    • The maximum length is 20 pages inclusive of title page, abstract, and text. Tables, figures, appendices, and references are excluded from this count.
    • Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the guidelines provided in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
    • To facilitate the blind review process, the name of the candidate, institutional affiliation, current mailing address, and phone number should only appear on the title page.
    • The candidate must provide a letter from his or her dissertation chair endorsing the submission. This letter should also specify the date of acceptance of the dissertation by the graduate school and that the submission adequately represents the completed dissertation.
    • The candidate must submit a copy of his/her curriculum vitae (CV).
    • Candidates should submit all materials by May 1, 2018. Do not submit the dissertation. The winner will be notified by June 30, 2018.

    In the absence of a paper deemed deserving of the award, the award may be withheld.

    For more information about this award, please contact the Center for Leadership at lead@fiu.edu or 305-348-5323.

  • Award Overview

    The recipient of the award will receive an awards package that includes:

    • A $3,000 cash prize.
    • Being honored at the Network of Leadership Scholars meeting at the Academy of Management Annual Conference. Travel and accommodations expenses to attend the Conference will be reimbursed not to exceed $1,000.
    • An invitation to present the paper at Florida International University. Travel and accommodations expenses to present at Florida International University will be reimbursed not to exceed $1,000.
  • Committee Membership and Chair

    Committee members and the committee Chair are selected by the FIU Center for Leadership and the NLS Liaison group. Selection of committee members is made with the intent of ensuring a representative committee (in terms of seniority, interdisciplinary, multiple nationalities, and sex).

    Previous committee members include:

    • Prasad Balkundi, State University of New York at Buffalo
    • Mayra Beers, Florida International University
    • Brooke Buckman, Florida International University
    • Kristin Cullen-Lester, University of Houston
    • Marie Dasborough, University of Miami
    • Mark Ehrhart, San Diego State University
    • Olga Epitropaki, Aston University
    • Berrin Erdogan, Portland State University
    • Dawn Eubanks, University of Warwick
    • Alexandra Gerbasi, University of Surrey
    • Benjamin Gavin, Brigham Young University
    • Emily Grijalva, The State University of New York at Buffalo
    • Wei He, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    • Nathan Hiller, Florida International University
    • Joo Hun Han, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • Sam Hunter, Pennsylvania State University
    • Dana Joseph, University of Central Florida
    • David Mayer, University of Michigan
    • Modesto Maidique, Florida International University
    • Richard Osborn, Wayne State University
    • Samantha Paustian-Underdahl, Florida International University
    • Suzanne Peterson, Arizona State University
    • Birgit Schyns, Durham University
    • Hock-Peng Sin, Florida International University
    • William D. Spangler, State University of New York at Binghamton
    • Fred O. Walumbwa, Florida International University
    • Francis Yammarino, State University of New York at Binghamton
    • Steve Zaccaro, George Mason University
    • Jonathan Ziegert, Drexel University
  • Previous Recipients

    2016 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient Dr. Wongun Goo   

    2016 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
    Dr. Wongun Goo
    Assistant Professor of Business Administration & Management at Indiana University East

    The recipient of the 2016 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award was Dr. Wongun Goo, whose dissertation was titled, “Just Right: A Person-Environment Fit Approach to Visionary Leadership.” The 2016 award received scholarly work from six countries and representing eighteen universities, from which Dr. Goo’s work was selected as a winner. His work not only advances leadership theory by highlighting employees’ need for leadership as an important individual difference, but also makes substantial contribution to practice by demonstrating how too much of a good thing (visionary leadership) can be detrimental. Wongun Goo received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East. His research interests also include person-environment fit, job design, leadership theory, and leader-follower relationship. Dr. Goo is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    Dr. Joo Hun Han

    2015 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
    Dr. Joo Hun Han
    Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    Dr. Joo Hun Han, whose dissertation titled, “Admiration or Envy? Effects of LMX Differentiation on Group Processes and Performance under Different Reward Systems”, was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award. His dissertation was selected from a pool of scholarly work coming in from four countries and representing sixteen universities. Joo Han received his Ph.D. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Han’s research examines the intersection between leadership and human resource practices with focus on their joint effects on employee attitudes, emotions, and performance at multiple levels. His interests also lie in strategic human resource management, compensation, and employee citizenship and counterproductive behavior. His work has been published or is in press at the Journal of Applied Psychology and Human Resource Management. Dr. Han is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    emily-grijalva

    2014 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
    Dr. Emily Grijalva
    Assistant Professor, University of Buffalo

    The recipient of the 2014 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Emily Grijalva, whose dissertation titled, Narcissism and Leadership: A Meta-Analytic Review of Linear and Nonlinear Relationships was selected from numerous submissions representing more than four countries. Dr. Grijalva received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and will be starting in the fall as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Buffalo. Her research interests include Narcissism (links to leadership effectiveness, LMX & counterproductivity; personality development; facets), Leadership (leader emergence and personality, gender and leadership) and Research Methods (measurement/psychometrics, meta-analysis). Her work has been published in Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Perspectives and Applied Psychology: An International Review.

    amy ou

    2013 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
    Dr. Amy Ou
    Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

    The recipient of the 2013 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Amy Y. Ou, whose dissertation, Understanding Humble Chief Executive Officers: Connection to Top Management Team Integration and Middle Manager Responses was selected from numerous submissions representing four countries. Dr. Ou is an assistant professor in the department of Management and Organization at the National University of Singapore. She received her Ph.D. from the Arizona State University. Her research interests include strategic leadership, organizational culture, and cross-cultural management. Her work have been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management.

    Stephen Courtright

    2012 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
    Dr. Stephen Courtright
    Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Univeristy

    The recipient of the 2012 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Stephen Courtright. Dr. Courtright’s dissertation titled, “Fired Up or Burned Out” Exploring the Effects of Leadership Challenge Demands on Leadership Behaviors through Engagement and Burnout” was selected from numerous submissions representing more than nine countries.

    Stephen Courtright is an assistant professor of management in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

    Dr. Courtright’s primary areas of expertise are team and leadership effectiveness. His research?which has garnered awards from the Academy of Management, Society for Human Resource Management, and the Network of Leadership Scholars?has been published or is in press at Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Dynamics, and Group & Organization Management. His work has also been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, and ABC Radio. He has consulted for several organizations, including John Deere and the Veterans Health Administration, on issues related to team and leadership development. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

  • About Alvah H. Chapman

    Alvah H. Chapman Jr. was one of South Florida’s most influential business leaders for 30 years–responsible in many ways for Miami’s emergence as an international business center. A third-generation newspaperman, he came to Miami in 1960 to work for Knight Newspaper. He helped take the company public in 1969 and was the leading architect of the 1974 merger that created Knight-Ridder in Miami. Chapman became chief executive officer of the company in 1976 and chairman in 1982. He retired as chairman in 1989 yet continued to serve on their board until 2000. During his tenure, corporate revenue tripled and The Miami Herald won 33 Pulitzer Prizes.

    His leadership was also evident in a wide range of civic and community projects. He co-founded the Non-Group, an influential alliance of Miami-Dade business leaders, and was a champion of this community’s nationally-recognized homeless program as founding chairman of Community Partnership for Homeless, Inc. Following Hurricane Andrew’s devastation of Miami-Dade County in 1992, former President George Bush tapped him to lead the massive “We Will Rebuild” effort where he raised $28 million in 45 days. He was also Founding Chairman of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American and served as Director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for 31 years.

    A native of Columbus, Georgia, he graduated from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, in 1942. After graduation, he served as a B-17 bomber pilot and squadron commander in World War II completing 37 combat missions with the 8th Air Force.

    Mr. Chapman passed away on December 25, 2008.

  • About FIU's Center for Leadership

    Ethical and effective leadership is defined by the quality of the choices leaders make for themselves, their organizations and the communities they serve. The Center for Leadership at Florida International University understands that for leaders to position themselves to make better decisions more often, the process of leadership development should be continuous and intentional. Over time, what also should develop is a personal leadership philosophy, a deeper understanding of self and a repertoire of competencies consistent with effective leadership outcomes.

    Effective leadership is evidenced and defined by behavior and action – it’s not about “being” a leader, but “doing leadership well.” The Center’s model for leadership development, then, focuses on two epicenters: self-insight and developable skills.

    • Self-Insight: To be most effective a leader must first begin to look inward and be prepared to take a deep dive into who they are, how they think, how they view the world, and to question the basis for these perceptions. While it is unlikely that an individual may be able to change these more core characteristics, deep self-awareness can help leaders proactively manage leadership behaviors.
    • Leadership skills: The application of cutting-edge research vetted by leading practitioners allows leaders to learn, practice and develop actionable skills and behaviors consistent with effective leadership.

    The Center for Leadership faculty and staff are dedicated to exploring leadership thought and practice through continuous research, providing opportunities for leaders to develop keen self-insight, and teaching leadership competencies that will equip them to meaningfully transform their organizations and their societies. Through research, executive development programs and community engagement opportunities, the Center for Leadership is committed to equipping better leaders for a better world

    Our Mission

    To provide leadership development that transforms and emboldens individuals and organizations to positively impact our world.

    We achieve this by creating new knowledge, presenting innovative developmental paradigms and encouraging leadership conversations across age, industry and levels of responsibility.

    Our Vision

    To be a unique resource of leadership research and development contributing to an increase of transformational leaders.

  • About the Network of Leadership Scholars

    The Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) was founded in the Academy of Management in 2005. NLS currently has approximately 1,000 members from all over the world, and draws from many divisions of the Academy of Management.

    The mission of the Network is to create linkages that promote the development of meaningful new frameworks for leadership research and practice. We aspire to:

    • Break down silos among the various approaches and disciplines in the study of leadership, and
    • Create research partnerships among scholars and practitioners around the world to propel the advancement of significant new knowledge.

    The Network of Leadership Scholars helps the Academy better meet the needs of its constituents of scholars and practitioners. As a community of scholars we can bring visibility to key issues of the day, including recent world events on business and political fronts (e.g., ethical leadership, sustainability, corporate governance, public policy, the military, education, etc.).