30 Nov 2012

Five Doctoral Candidates Receive Research Awards


BOSTON—The Harvard Business School Doctoral Programs, under the direction of Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration Kathleen L. McGinn, have presented three Wyss Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Research and two Martin Awards for Excellence in Business Economics to five doctoral candidates. These prizes are presented annually to outstanding doctoral students engaged in innovative dissertation research.

The Wyss Awards are named in honor of Hansjoerg Wyss (MBA 1965), who established the Hansjoerg Wyss Endowment for Doctoral Education in 2004. The Wyss Endowment supports a broad range of efforts to strengthen the HBS Doctoral Programs, including fellowships and stipends for doctoral students, increased support for field research, new doctoral course development, and teaching skills training. The endowment also supported the renovation of doctoral facilities on campus.

The Roger Martin Fund for Doctoral Research was established in 2006 through the generosity of Roger Martin (MBA 1981), Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. The fund was created in memory of HBS professor John Lintner, a world-renowned expert in finance who was a mentor to Martin while he was a student at HBS.

The 2012 Wyss Award winners are:

  • Ethan Bernstein, candidate for the doctorate in business administration (DBA) in management: Bernstein studies how the sharing of information across and within boundaries affects learning, innovation, and performance. He has also researched how privacy affects problem solving and productivity.
  • Anoop Menon, DBA candidate in strategy: Menon's research focuses on exploring the role of cognition in strategy and strategic decision making. In his work, he attempts to incorporate more realistic assumptions about cognition, decision making, and information processing into models of strategic interactions.
  • Melissa Valentine, PhD candidate in health policy management: Valentine examines how organizations can support effective teaming in work settings characterized by fluid and short-lived collaborations. She has also studied the introduction of team-based work into professions typically focused on individual performance.

The 2012 Martin Award winners are:

  • Dmitry Taubinsky, PhD candidate in business economics: Building on social preference research, Taubinsky explores the possibility that people's behavior may be driven, in part, by others' expectations of them.
  • Robert Turley, PhD candidate in business economics: Turley's research focuses on why the share of the gross domestic product allocated to financial growth has grown so much over the past 30 years. Using a wide range of perspectives, he has studied the short- and long-term tradeoffs facing investors with access to short- and long-term information.

Harvard Business School grants the DBA in five areas of study: accounting and management, marketing, management, strategy, and technology and operations management. In addition, in conjunction with Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, it offers PhD programs in business economics, health policy management, and organizational behavior. At any given time, approximately 130 HBS doctoral students are completing course work or working on their dissertations at the School.


Cullen Schmitt

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