Congratulations to Dr. Isar Kiani who will be Valedictorian of the John Molson School of Business for fall 2014 graduating class.

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Isar Kiani

Isar Kiani

PhD, Business Administration
John Molson School of Business

Kiani’s PhD research at Concordia focused on processes and agents that facilitate the diffusion of market information.

She is currently working as an assistant professor of marketing at Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Her research has grown to include the study of environmental activist groups and how their activities influences consumer attitudes.

3 keys to a good education

  • “Commitment to a vision. The PhD experience is a complex journey with many twists and turns that could easily derail. To succeed, you must never lose sight of the ultimate objective.”
  • “Flexibility. While commitment to the vision is critical, the successful PhD student possesses a curious mind and stays flexible to experience a more fruitful journey.”
  • “Opportunism in learning. There is so much to learn as a graduate student and being a student gives you the perfect excuse to express your curiosity!”

2 lessons learned at Concordia

  • “There are many different lenses that can be applied to observe the same phenomenon. At Concordia, I found a great opportunity to benefit from sitting in classes from various disciplines and to understand how not just one, but many theoretical perspectives could exist in parallel.”
  • “I learned that everyone has something you can learn from. One’s apparent limitation is never a good excuse for dismissal of other capabilities. At Concordia, I learned that you should always meet others with an open mind to learn because your refusal to do so means that you have lost an opportunity.

1 piece of advice for future grads

  • “More important than the diploma you receive is the experience you gain along the way. Try to ensure that this experience is one you stay fond of for the remainder of your life.”

Link to the original article by Joanne Latimer on Concordia’s Web site

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Human Resource Management Journal

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Students in the undergraduate human resource management class have a fun assignment this semester. In order to help students see how prevalent HR issues are, students have been asked to find news articles on television and print such as magazines and newspapers that relate to HR topics from class. The purpose of this assignment is to help students see HR in action and that many decisions including legislative actions and corporate policies have implications for human resources.

The assignment requires each student to identify an HR story, summarize it in one or two paragraphs and provide a link or citation so other students who would like to learn more can find the story. Students have described this assignment as useful and eye opening. One student joked that we are “surrounded by HR!”

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    Dr. David Egleston describing the Human Resource Management Journal assignment in his class.
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First Wednesday Series 2014: Creating Your Personal Brand Strategy

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On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the College of Management proudly hosted a First Wednesday Series presentation on Creating Your Personal Brand Strategy sponsored by the Office of Career Services.

Dr. Jacqueline M. Stavros, Professor and Director of the DBA program in the College of Management presented a unique approach utilizing the SOAR-based framework to create a personal brand strategy for personal and professional development.

Throughout the course of the presentation, the audience was encouraged to assess and understand personal strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and desired results in order to effectively communicate the value and talents that set them apart from other candidates. Using tools created for this event, Career Builders’ SOAR-based Workbook and Worksheet, Dr. Stavros offered a clear-path solution to identifying and aligning personal values, vision, and mission with the needs of organizations.

“When you combine your strengths and passion with a clear vision and mission, you can create a brand strategy that provides you a pathway to success in your career.”

(Dr. Jacqueline M. Stavros)

For more information on the First Wednesday Series and future presentations, please see First Wednesday Series 2014 Flyer.

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DBA Program Special Event: 2014 Summer Dissertation Presentations

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    DBA Graduates: Dr. John Cox, Dr. Paul Miklovich, Dr. Jennifer Hitchcock
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    Dean Bahman Mirshab, Assistant Professor Dr. Matthew Cole, DBA Graduate Dr. John Cox, DBA Graduate Dr. Paul Miklovich, DBA Graduate Dr. Jennifer Hitchock, DBA Program Director Dr. Jacqueline Stavros, President Dr. Virinder K. Moudgil, and Provost Dr. Maria Vaz
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The College of Management hosted a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program special event on Friday, October 3, 2014–Summer 2014 Dissertation Defense Presentations.

This special event showcased presentations by three recent DBA program graduates, Dr. Jennifer Hitchcock, Dr. Paul Miklovich, and Dr. John Cox, based on their full-length dissertation defenses that took place this summer. Each presentation was 20-25 minutes followed by a brief Q&A.

Dr. Hitchcock presented An Exploration of Organizational Collective Motivation and the Influence of the SOAR Framework to Build Organizational Collective Motivation, Dr. Miklovich presented Stakeholders’ Perception of Legitimacy and the Impact on the Organizational Sustainability Strategy of Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Dr. Cox presented An Evaluation of the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence, SOAR, and Collaboration: Implications for Teams. Click here for dissertation abstracts and presenter bios.

Audience members included current DBA students; College of Management faculty Dr. Matthew Cole, Dr. David Egleston, Dr. Isar Kiani, Dr. Anne Khonke, Dr. Chih-Hao (Justin) Ku, and Dr. Pavlo Tsebro; College of Management DBA Program Director, Dr. Jacqueline Stavros; College of Management Chair of Management and Marketing, Dr. Shahram Taj; College of Management Dean, Dr. Bahman Mirshab; College of Engineering Dean, Dr. Nabil Grace; Lawrence Tech Provost, Dr. Maria Vaz; and Lawrence Tech President, Dr. Virinder K. Moudgil.

The last 30 minutes of the event featured an open discussion for current DBA students that was facilitated by Dr. Stavros and Dr. Cole. Topics discussed included completing the qualifying paper, completing the dissertation proposal, recruiting participants, collecting data, and qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches. The discussion ended with Dr. Hitchcock, Dr. Miklovich, and Dr Cox providing advice and recommendations on completing the dissertation.

For more information on the DBA Program, including curriculum and admission requirements, please visit

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Engaged Learning in INT6123 Systems Analysis & Design Class

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37 students assemble each week into 9 different teams, in Dr. Anne Kohnke’s Tues evening INT6123-Systems Analysis & Design class, to collaborate and design a variety of modeling diagrams used by systems analysts in industry.  These hands-on exercises are designed to reinforce the material covered in the text and lectures, helping to prepare these students for jobs in IT.

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    Teams creating a Use Case Diagram in Dr. Kohnke's Fall 2014 Systems Analysis & Design course.
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    Teams conducting a root cause analysis and creating a Fishbone Diagram.
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    Teams working to create Work Breakdown Structures for their assigned projects.
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    Teams brainstorming to create a Context-level Data Flow Diagram.

Reflective Leadership: An Empirical Study

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Dr. Patricia Castelli presented her research on reflective leadership in a presentation entitled “Reflective Leadership: An Empirical Study” at the Center for Scholastic Inquiry Conference.  Proceedings sharing this title authored by Dr. Castelli, Dr. Thomas Marx, and Dr. David Egleston, has been recently published at the CSI website.  

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SOAR and Motivation as Mediators of the Relationship between Flow and Project Success.

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Dr. Michael Glovis, a recent graduate of the Doctorate in Business Administration program, Dr. Jacqueline Stavros, and Dr. Matthew Cole, have published an article in the Fall 2014 issue of the Organization Development Journal entitled “SOAR and Motivation as Mediators of the Relationship between Flow and Project Success.”

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Global Strategic Management

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The College of Management accepted the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program for its Global Strategic Management course (MBA 6073) taught by professor Michael Thibideau.

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Authentic Leadership: the Role of Self-Awareness in Promoting Coaching Effectiveness

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Dr. Anthony Gatling (DBA graduate), Dr. Patricia Castelli and Dr. Matthew Cole recently published their article “Authentic Leadership: the Role of Self-Awareness in Promoting Coaching Effectiveness” in the journal Asia-Pacific Journal of Management Research and Innovation, Sage Publications.

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Incorporating UTAUT Predictors for Understanding Home Care Patients

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Dr. Anne Kohnke, Dr. Matthew Cole, and Dr. Richard Bush have published the article “Incorporating UTAUT Predictors for Understanding Home Care Patients’ and Clinician’s Acceptance of Healthcare Telemedicine Equipment” in the Journal of Technology Management and Innovation’s second issue of its ninth volume.

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