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Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

2014 Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference


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September 11-14, 2014 Tulsa, OK

The 2014 Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference theme is “Bridging:” bridging academic knowledge with business needs. Bridging will allow for the creation and dissemination of new scientifically sound business knowledge in a manner that is of immediate benefit to executive-scholars. Research that is presented at the EMS conference is scientifically rigorous, timely, and possesses clear take-aways for business executives. The conference will also highlight business needs that executive-scholars can focus on providing research insight.

The conference is organized yearly by the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council (EDBAC) which has broad international representation of executive doctoral providers. Our purpose is to promote the value of Engaged Management Scholarship and to raise its profile internationally. The 2014 conference is organized by the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program at the Watson Graduate School of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University in the USA.

Conference highlights

The conference will consist of research papers, poster sessions, panels, invited talks, presentations, and a doctoral consortium. Participation of students, alumni or faculty from a professional doctorate program is especially encouraged. It is open to all scholars who are actively involved in practicing engaged management scholarship or investigating different forms of it. The conference is the premier international meeting place for students, alumni, faculty and managers involved in evidence-based research around the world.

Besides the academic sessions, the agenda will also include working sessions for directors and program administrators that will provide valuable insight and discussion on program and curriculum design and on the careers and overall perceptions of professional doctorates.

Important dates in 2014

July 15
Full document submitted to review (Paper, Poster, Panel Discussion, Symposium)
August 1
“Early Bird” (reduced rate) registration period deadline
September 11
Doctoral Consortium
September 12-14
4th International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship


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Keynote speakers

John C. Scott, Ph.D.

John C. Scott, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of APTMetrics. He has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing talent management systems across a variety of global, high-stakes settings. For the past 18 years he has directed APTMetrics’ talent management practice areas to serve a broad range of client sectors including: retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, entertainment, insurance, technology, hospitality, aerospace, utilities and financial services.

Dr. Scott is co-editor of an award-winning handbook published through the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) entitled: Handbook of Workplace Assessment: Selecting and Developing Organizational Talent. He is also co-editor of The Human Resources Program Evaluation Handbook, and co-author of Evaluating Human Resources Programs: A 6-Phase Approach for Optimizing Performance. He has also authored numerous chapters and articles in the areas of assessment, selection and organizational surveys.

Dr. Scott is a Fellow of both SIOP and the American Psychological Association (APA), serves as an APA Council Representative, is SIOP’s main representative to the United Nations and is Chair-elect of the Psychology Coalition at the UN. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Boys Town New York.

Denise M. Rousseau, Ph.D

Denise M. Rousseau, Ph.D., is the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and the Tepper School of Business. She is the faculty director of the Institute for Social Enterprise and Innovation and chair of the Health Care Policy and Management program. Dr. Rousseau received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in psychology and anthropology. In 2013, she received an honorary doctorate from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Dr. Rousseau is an elected Fellow in the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the British Academy of Management. Dr. Rousseau’s research focuses upon the impact workers have on the employment relationship and the firms that employ them. Her work addresses the powerful reach individual employee’s understanding of the employment relationship has on work groups, firms, and society. Her publications include over a dozen books and 160 articles and monographs in management and psychology journals. Dr. Rousseau is an advisor to numerous social enterprises, professional associations, governmental and for-profit organizations.

Darin Nei, Ph.D.

Darin Nei, Ph.D., is a member of Hogan’s Global Alliance team, where he works with Hogan distributors in Africa, Canada, the UK, and the Middle East. He works closely with these and other consulting partners to help align Hogan with their overall business strategies. Dr. Nei is also responsible for providing ongoing education on new products and best practices for Hogan clients across the world. In addition to working with Hogan partners, he also facilitates Hogan certification workshops and advanced interpretation workshops for clients and practitioners. Prior to joining the Global Alliance team, Dr. Nei helped establish Hogan’s Independent Consultants network, a group that now contains over 700 US-based independent Hogan practitioners and executive coaches. During this time, he helped create marketing, training, and communication initiatives to connect the independent network and maintain a high quality standard for practitioners. As a cofounder of the Independent Consultants network, Dr. Nei specialized in personality assessment interpretation and feedback, and helped clients understand how best to position Hogan within their broader business models. Dr. Nei earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, where he conducted research in a variety of areas including leadership, group dynamics, and employee turnover.

Blaine H. Gaddis, Ph.D.

Blaine H. Gaddis, Ph.D., serves as Senior Manager of Product Research for Hogan Assessment Systems where he has worked since 2007. He is responsible for maintaining existing assessments, developing new solutions, and assessment-based selection and development research for global clients. Dr. Gaddis previously worked for a consulting firm where he conducted job analyses for job family redesign, training improvements, and modifications to selection systems and development initiatives.

He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, where he managed funded research contracts with the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.