Johnson PhD Graduate Honored for Dissertation
Sean Martin, PhD ’13, wins two dissertation competitions
October 04, 2013
Sean Martin, PhD ’13, was honored this week with a top award for his PhD dissertation. The Fuqua School of Business, Center of Leadership and Ethics (COLE) at Duke University selected the dissertation as the winner of its Dissertation Proposal Competition. Proposals were evaluated by a committee of COLE scholars on several criteria, including relevance to leadership and ethics, theoretical importance, practical importance, creativity, innovativeness, methods, and overall quality.
This is Martin’s second award for his dissertation, “Be All that I Want You to Be.” In May, he was the winner of the Best Dissertation Proposal Award from the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at Notre Dame University, and also a finalist for the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition, which recognizes top dissertations across several management disciplines.
His dissertation explored how aspects of the organizational culture and context can influence employee’s commitment to being ethical people, as well as how different types of organizational stories impact the thoughts and behaviors of organizational members in different ways.
Martin is currently a Leadership Programs Fellow at Johnson, where he co-led a new leadership program for incoming MBA students, the Johnson Team Leadership Experience. While a PhD student at Johnson, he won an Emerging Markets Institute Research Grant in 2011, for a study on business and behavioral ethics in developing markets.
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