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2021 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Results

  • 1.  2021 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Results

    Posted 10-24-2021 21:16

    2021 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Results


    It is my pleasure to announce the results of this year's INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition.  The eight finalists were selected out of a group of nearly 100 submissions based on evaluations by blind reviewers. Finalists presented their dissertation proposals to a distinguished panel of judges during the INFORMS Annual Conference this weekend.  All of the finalists did an outstanding job of presenting their proposals and the judges had the unenviable task of selecting a winner and runner-up(s) based on quality, potential contribution, and innovativeness.


    Before I announce the winner and runner-ups, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the panel of judges. Each judge generously volunteered their time for the competition and provided the finalists with feedback on their dissertations.  This year's panel of judges included:


    Mabel Abraham, Columbia Business School

    Nick Argyres, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

    Steve Barley, University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Engineering

    Jenny Chatman, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

    Ming Leung, University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School Of Business

    Jennifer Petriglieri, INSEAD

    Jennifer Whitson, University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management

    Lori Yue, Columbia Business School


    Without further ado, please see the competition results below. If you know the winner, runner-ups, and / or finalists, please congratulate them for this significant accomplishment.


    The winner of the 2021 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition is:


    Rebecca Ponce De Leon

    Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business

    "'Invisible' Discrimination: The Paradoxical Effects of Non-Prototypicality for Black Women"


    The runner-ups of the 2021 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition (listed alphabetically) are:


    Anna McKean

    Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

    "From Covert Action to Overt Activism: The Evolution of Corporate Sociopolitical Involvement"


    Daniel Wilde

    University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

    "Cognitive Microfoundations of Industry Foresight and Strategic Commitments: Evidence Within The Global Automotive Industry"


    The remaining finalists for the 2021 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition were:


    Giselle Antoine

    University of Washington, Foster School of Business

    "Organizational Cultures of Guilt & Shame: Systems of Social Control"


    Farnaz Ghaedipour

    McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business

    "Autonomy Paradox in Platform Work: A Sociomaterial Perspective on the Work of Instagram Content Creators"


    Melanie Prengler

    Texas A&M University, Mays Business School

    "Beyond 'Do Better, Try Harder': A Grounded Exploration Of How Employees Evaluate And Respond To Allyship Failure"


    Kimberly Rocheville

    Boston College, Carroll School of Management

    "Relational Emotional Processing Following Traumatic Events in Life-And-Death Work"


    Bryan Spencer

    Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

    "How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Work and Professions: The Case of Medical Trainees in China"


    Finally, I would like to thank Gautam Ahuja, Editor-in-Chief of Organization Science, Chris Asher, Managing Editor of Organization Science, and Machelle Zellers, Peer Review Administrator at Organization Science, for the tremendous amount of help and support they provided in managing the proposal review and competition process.


    All my best,


    Basima Tewfik
    MIT Sloan School of Management
    Cambridge MA