While other Ph.D. programs may require students to pursue the research interests of the program’s faculty, executives in our doctoral program are encouraged to explore the topics and questions that inspire them and reflect their personal interest.
Dissertation topics often evolve from questions our students have about their own leadership or companies; classroom conversations that sparked their interest; or the Center’s ongoing research initiative, the Return on Values Project.
Find a list of completed dissertations below.
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Cohort 2 Graduates
Dr. Walter R. Baehrend Jr.
“Refinement of the Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire”
Dr. Jean Russo Gould
“The Link Between Values-Based Organizational Culture and Performance: An Exploratory Study of Small and Medium Sized Businesses”
Dr. Kathy Hopinkah Hannan
“Diversity and Inclusion Leadership: A Correlative Study of Authentic and Transformational Leadership Styles of CEOs and their Relationship to Gender Diversity and Organizational Inclusiveness in Fortune 100 Companies”
Dr. Edwin J. Heiser
“The Role of CEO Leadership in Driving Strategic CSR: An Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration Model”
Dr. Bettina Huesing
“The Nature of Global Leaders’ Work”
Dr. Chantel M. Ishola
“Key Life Lessons: Learning to Lead Self and Others in Primary School”
Dr. Michael K. Kuppinger
“Teams: The Fundamental Unit of Twenty-First Century Organizational Performance”
Dr. Rémi Dieudonné Vespa
“Companies as Places of Empowerment: Growing High-Performing Companies Centered on the Empowerment of Their Stakeholders”
Cohort 1 Graduates
Dr. Benny White
“Creation of the Return on Values Assessment Instrument”
Dr. Kerrie Aman Carfagno
“Digital Coaction: The Role of Social Media in Crisis Management”
Dr. Michael Chikeleze
“Validation of the Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire (ELSQ)”
Dr. Indigo Johnson
“Leading out of the Darkness into the Light: My Story of Building a Business as a Leader with Bipolar Disorder.” Find additional content on this topic in this short article.
Dr. Lee Murphy
“Influencing Organizational Change by Improving Individual and Organizational Dimensions of Health”
Dr. Shaun Passley
“General Growth Process: Concept to Living Enterprise”
Dr. Joseph Ricciardi
“To Lead is To Love: An Exploration into the Role of Love in Leadership” Find additional content on this topic in this short video.
Dr. Joanna Beth Tweedy
“Sustainability and Flourishing: What’s Love Got to Do with It?”