The Center for Leadership at FIU is pleased to sponsor the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award in partnership with the Network of Leadership Scholars. Now in its eleventh year, 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 Center for Leadership at FIU.
Applications for the 2022 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award are now open
The deadline to submit applications is April 29, 2022. Read below for more information on submissions.
- 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, 2020).
- The student must be first author and will be the recipient of the award.
- Submissions will be considered for the award once only. Repeat submissions are not eligible for consideration.
To be considered outstanding, the paper should:
- Make an interesting contribution to advancing new ideas or new frameworks of thinking in the field of leadership.
- Strongly incorporate relevant theoretical and empirical literature.
- Demonstrate appropriate analysis and interpretation of the research results.
- Offer interesting (and warranted) inferences regarding the theoretical and applied implications of the findings and suggest promising directions for future research.
- 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.
- Formatting guidelines:
- All submissions should be double-spaced with a 12-point font size.
- Submissions should include separate pages for the title and abstract.
- All submissions are limited to a maximum page length of 30 pages inclusive of text, tables, and figures. The title page, abstract, and references are not included in this count.
- Submissions can be in any standard formatting style (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.) or minor variant.
- All documents submitted (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in Portable Document Format (.PDF).
- 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 8:00AM (EST) on April 29, 2022. Do not submit the dissertation. The winner will be notified in early fall.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Center for Leadership at FIU and the Network of Leadership Scholars Liaison group. Selection of committee members is made with the intent of ensuring a diverse committee representing various professional levels, disciplines, nationalities, and gender. Previous committee members include:
- Katie Badura, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Prasad Balkundi, State University of New York at Buffalo
- George Banks, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- Mayra Beers, Florida International University
- Brooke Buckman, Florida International University
- Dorothy Carter, University of Georgia
- Craig Crossley, University of Central Florida
- 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
- Ravi Gajendran, Florida International University
- Alexandra Gerbasi, University of Surrey
- Benjamin Galvin, Brigham Young University
- Harry Garretsen, University of Groningen
- Lorenz Graf-Vlachy, ESCP Business School
- Emily Grijalva, The State University of New York at Buffalo
- Wongun Goo, Indiana University East
- Wei He, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
- Aaron Hill, University of Florida
- 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
- Alexander Kroll, Florida International University
- Jeff Lovelace, University of Virginia
- Kevin Lowe, University of Sydney
- Jackson Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- David Mayer, University of Michigan
- Modesto Maidique, Florida International University
- Loren Naidoo, California State University, Northridge
- Jennifer Nahrgang, Arizona State University
- Burak Oc, The University of Western Australia
- Richard Osborn, Wayne State University
- Yi Amy Ou, National University of Singapore
- Samantha Paustian-Underdahl, Florida International University
- Suzanne Peterson, Arizona State University
- Dino Ruta, Bocconi University
- Birgit Schyns, Durham University
- Hock-Peng Sin, Florida International University
- William D. Spangler, State University of New York at Binghamton
- Janka Stoker, University of Groningen
- Rachel Sturm, Wright State University
- Nick Turner, University of Calgary
- Gretchen Vogelgesang-Lester, San Jose State University
- Jasmine Vergauwe, Ghent University
- Gang Wang, Florida State University
- David Waldman, Arizona State University
- 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
2021 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
Dr. Hemant Kakkar
Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
The co-recipient of the 2021 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Hemant Kakkar. Dr. Kakkar is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Professor Kakkar received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the London Business School. His research draws on social psychology and evolutionary theories of status and influence to examine judgments and behaviors of individuals and groups within social hierarchies.
His research is published in leading academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Applied Psychology, Nature Human Behavior, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Nature Human Behavior.
His research is also covered by several popular press outlets, such as The Washington Post, Forbes, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Times UK and the Harvard Business Review. He teaches Foundations of Organizational Behavior to Masters students at Fuqua. He won the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021 for the MMS program. Before joining academia, Professor Kakkar worked as a technical consultant in Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
2021 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
Dr. Cynthia Maupin
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership
School of Management at Binghamton University
The co-recipient of the 2021 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Cynthia Maupin. Dr. Maupin is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership for the School of Management at Binghamton University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Maupin is the recipient of the 2021 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Her dissertation titled "The Costs and Benefits of Leader-Driven Communication Structures for Promoting Rapid System Recovery after Exogenous Shocks" not only advances leadership science by highlighting the conditions under which leader-driven communication is effective (and ineffective), but also provides actionable recommendations for real-world leaders who are tasked with helping their organizations to recover in the aftermath of a crisis.
Her research investigates the factors that promote effective leadership, leadership development, and teamwork processes, and has been published or is in press at outlets including the Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Human Relations, Group and Organization Management, Small Group Research, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives on Science and Practice.
2020 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
Dr. Anyi Ma
Assistant Professor, Department of Management, A.B.
Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
The recipient of the 2020 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Anyi Ma. Dr. Ma is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Department of Management at the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University.
Her research concerns the topic of agency, which historically has been conceptualized as the tendency to assert the self and master the environment.
In her dissertation, she developed a new multi-factor model of agency perceptions and found that conceptualizing agency perceptions in a more nuanced way can reconcile contradictory findings about female leadership advantage and disadvantage. Specifically, she found that women were advantaged when they were perceived as hardworking, competent, self-assured, and independent, and they were disadvantaged when they were perceived as dominant.
Dr. Ma's research has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Leadership Quarterly, and Harvard Business Review. She received her Ph.D. from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
2019 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
Dr. Jackson Lu
Assistant Professor, Work and Organization Studies
MIT Sloan School of Management
The recipient of the 2019 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Jackson Lu, whose research has been published in premier scientific journals (e.g., Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Nature: Human Behaviour, Organizational Behavioral and Human Decision Processes, Proceedings of National Academy of Science, Psychological Science) and featured in major media outlets (e.g., BBC,The Economist, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, NPR, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia Business School.
2018 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
Dr. Jasmine Vergauwe
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology
The recipient of the 2018 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Jasmine Vergauwe, whose dissertation titled “Personality and leadership: Trait-perspectives on charisma, curvilinear relationships, and measurement innovations” was selected from a strong group of international submissions. In her work, she introduced and validated two new trait-based measures of charisma, and demonstrated that while more charisma may boost career success 15 years later (e.g., higher managerial levels), too much charisma can hurt leaders’ effectiveness. Apart from these substantive contributions, her dissertation makes a methodological contribution to the leadership assessment domain by describing the advantages of the “too little/too much” scale to measure leader behavior. Dr. Vergauwe received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Ghent University in Belgium, and she is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent’s Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology. Her work has been published in several top-tier journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Harvard Business Review.
2017 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
Dr. 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.
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.
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
The recipient of the 2015 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Joo Hun Han. Dr. Han dissertation was titled, “Admiration or Envy? Effects of LMX Differentiation on Group Processes and Performance under Different Reward Systems”. 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.
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.
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.
2012 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient
Dr. Stephen Courtright
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
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 the Center for Leadership at FIU
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 FIU 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
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.
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 was founded in the Academy of Management in 2005. Currently, the Network of Leadership scholars 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.).