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Bentley Professors Earn Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Awards

October 23, 2006

Recognizing scholarly excellence and accomplishments by its faculty, Bentley College has granted the Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award to three of its professors. This award parallels the Bentley Innovation in Teaching award, and is given annually to Bentley faculty members or groups of co-authors. The 2006 winners of the Award are as follows:

 

Arts & Sciences

 

Jane Tchaicha, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, for her research on women's rights in the Maghrib region in Africa (particularly Tunisia and Morocco) reported in "Technology in the Service of Maghribi Women" (The Journal of North African Studies, 10, 2, 155-171, 2005), "Empowering Technologies, Empowering Women" (The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 1, 2005), and a photographic documentary "Behind the Wall." This research has brought Bentley to the forefront of global and women's studies through important conference presentations, and was used to inform the platform of the NGO caucus at the World Summit of Information Society in Tunis. "Behind the Wall" has also been invited for presentation at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University - Bloomington. At a time when so little is known about Islam and particularly women in Islam, studies of a photographic nature and published scholarly research analyzing extensive data gathered in the field are vital.

 

Business

 

Husayn Shahrur, Assistant Professor of Finance, for his study "Industry Structure and Horizontal Takeovers: Analysis of Wealth Effects on Rivals, Suppliers, and Corporate Customers," Journal of Financial Economics, Vol 76, pp. 61-98, 2005. This study, published in one of the top journals of finance, is at the intersection of finance, industrial organization, and antitrust law. It examines the wealth effects of horizontal takeovers on rivals of the merging firms and on firms in the takeover industry's supplier and customer industries. The paper's overall findings support the efficiency motive for horizontal takeovers. The article has already been cited frequently in high profile finance journals, and it has made clear methodological contributions in addition to its empirical findings.

 

Monica Garfield, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, for her study "The Adoption and Use of Group Support Systems in Project Teams: Towards More Participative Processes and Outcomes," MIS Quarterly, 27 (2), pp. 289-323, 2003 (with Alan Dennis). This article was published in the top research journal of the information systems field. Using a transdisciplinary multi-method approach, it investigates team work processes, project outcome performance, and the appropriation of technology structures. The results of the study suggest that Group Support Systems use enables teams to not only be more participative, but also to turn more equal participation into more participative processes and deliverables that better reflect the interests of all team members, not just team leaders. The paper was recognized by the Academy of Management's Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division as the Best Published Paper and is an outstanding example of research that integrates academic rigor and practical relevance.

 

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