PhD Candidates

Yukika Awazu
"Implementing An Enterprise System: A Practice-Lens"
Dissertation proposal defense: May 14, 2010.
Committee Chair: (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Kevin DeSouza (University of Washington)
Yukika’s research interests are ERP implementation, management of innovation, the social/practical aspects of knowledge management, global information systems, emergent technologies, and strategic issues with information systems.


Quang “Neo” Bui
"The Adoption and Diffusion of IT Management Innovations: Rhetoric, Mechanisms, and Reinvention"
Dissertation proposal defense: November 27, 2012.
Committee Chair: M. Lynne Markus (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Sue Newell (Bentley), Kalle Lyytinen (Case Western Reserve University)
Neo’s research interests are innovation adoption, IT governance, and organizational design. His dissertation focuses on the processes and mechanisms that promote or hinder the adoption and diffusion of IT management innovations across organizations. Specifically, the empirical domain is the diffusion of Enterprise Architecture in the U.S. State governments. The findings indicate the importance of innovation rhetoric, reinvention, organizational needs, or social influences in guiding and shaping the course of Enterprise Architecture adoption.


Nathan Cannon
"Fair Value Measurements"
Dissertation proposal defense: October 17, 2012.
Committee Chair: Jean C. Bedard (Bentley University)
Committee Member: James Hunton (Bentley), Steven Glover (Marriott School of Management, BYU)
Nate's research interests are primarily in the areas of auditing, financial reporting, the broker-dealer industry, and judgment and decision making. His dissertation examines issues surrounding the reporting, auditing, and use of fair value measurements. 


Michele Jurgens
"From Social Media to Social Movements: An investigation of the role of social media in secondary stakeholders' actions - the case of Deep Water Horizon"
Dissertation proposal defense: May 10, 2012.
Committee Chair: Pierre Berthon (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Linda Edelman (Bentley University), Michael Parent (Simon Fraser University)
Michele's research interests are in the area of corporate responsibility. Her dissertation looks at the role of social media in secondary stakeholders' efforts to influence their corporate targets. She is studying the the case of the BP Deep Water Horizon spill and her research takes a social movement perspective on stakeholder influence strategies. Michele is also interested in corporate responsibility and multinational management, in particular the implementation of CSR initiatives such as the UN Global Compact.


Anna Karpovsky
"Investigating the role and influence of Chief Information Officers and the Information Systems Strategizing process in organizations"
Dissertation proposal defense: May 7, 2012.
Committee Chair: Robert Galliers (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Mike Quinn (Bentley University), Sue Newell (Bentley University), and Joe Peppard (Cranfield)
Anna's primary research interest is in Information Systems Strategy and, in particular, the role of Chief Information Officer in the strategizing process. Anna's current work attempts to identify constraining and enabling practices in IS strategy formation.  In particular, the research considers strategy as a sociopolitical process and puts power relations in the forefront of the investigation.  The findings of this research will further our understanding about sources of power CIO can leverage to maintain or strengthen influence within the firm.


Opal Leung
"Micro role transitions in two contexts"
Dissertation proposal defense: Oct 3, 2013.
Committee Chair: Susan Adams (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Robert (Bob) Galliers (Bentley University), Douglas (Tim) Hall (Boston University)


Luisa F. Melo
"Studies on the Corporate Governance of Emerging Market Multinationals" (Working Title)
Dissertation proposal defense: May 9, 2012.
Committee Chair: Patricia Flynn (Bentley University)
Committee Members: Michael Quinn (Bentley University), Nader Asgary (Bentley University), Rajneesh Narula (University of Reading, UK)
Luisa’s research interests combine interdisciplinary perspectives. As a graduate student at The Fletcher School, a course on “Petroleum in the global economy” captured my imagination about the place of business in the economic development sphere. At Bentley, these interests developed into my dissertation, which involves constructing a unique dataset to investigate corporate governance aspects of the largest emerging market firms in the Fortune Global 500. Emerging markets firms have captured the attention of scholars and policy makers, as “FDI powerhouses” in what are considered to be less developed institutional environments. I seek to explain this paradox and extend a model of corporate governance that incorporates the undeniable role of the state in emerging markets. The dissertation reflects the larger effort of the Bentley PhD Program to equip researchers with the ability for qualitative and quantitative inquiry. I have written separate applications of my dataset for a project sponsored by the Center for Women and Business and have also worked with Prof. Michael Quinn of the economics department on separate research interests. Our paper employs regression analysis to show that although corruption perception can decrease FDI, and FDI can decrease corruption perception of a country, the effects are mitigated if a country possesses oil.


Dirk Primus
"Exploring the Development Chain – An Inquiry into the Linkages between New Product Development and Supply Chain Management"
Dissertation proposal defense: December 9, 2011.
Committee Chair: (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Gloria Barczak (Northeastern University)
Dirk's current research focus is on Managerial Decision-Making at the Intersections of Product Development Management (PDM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM). Other areas of interest include the integration of Business Analytics and Management Strategy, Knowledge Networks and Knowledge Integration as well as Internationalization Processes.


Mike Ruff
"A Profession's Response to a Looming Shortage: Closing the Gap in the Supply of Accounting Faculty"
Dissertation proposal defense: May 20, 2010.
Committee Chair: Ali Abdolmohammdi (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Jim Hunton (Bentley University), Jeff Cohen (Boston College)
Mike’s primary research interest is behavioral accounting and auditing ethics.  In particular, Mike is interested in applying psychological and philosophical theories to how accountants and auditors respond to ethical dilemmas under various scenarios, such as time, client, and budget pressures.  Hopefully this research could help accounting academics and practicing professionals identify situations that might lead to potential ethical dilemmas, and therefore improve ethical sensitivity, reasoning, motivation, and character among auditing and accounting professionals.


Maria Skaletsky
"Essays on the Digital Divide - Explorations through Global, National and Individual Lenses"
Dissertation proposal defense: April 30, 2012.
Committee Chair: Dominique Haughton (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Aron Futer (Volpe Center, Cambridge MA)
Maria's research interests focus on the application of advanced analytical tools that aid in the exploration of issues of the digital divide on global, national and individual levels.


Mari-Klara Stein
"Use and Non-Use of IT in the Workplace: Studies on Emotions, Identity and Technology"
Dissertation proposal defense: March 7, 2012.
Committee Chair: Bob Galliers (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Sue Newell (Bentley University), Lynne Markus (Bentley University), Dan Robey (Georgia State University)
Mari-Klara's research interests lie in the areas of use and non-use of workplace information systems, with a particular focus on evolving work practices, the symbolic, emotional and identity-related aspects of user experiences as well as the potential for managerial interventions in how technology is used in organizations. She is also interested in the "practice turn" in IS research, including theoretical perspectives such as ethnomethodology and activity theory.


Arthur Tomasino
"The Use of Complexity Theory and Strange Attractors to Understand and Explain Information System Development"
Dissertation proposal defense: May 9, 2012.
Committee Chair: (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Gurpreet Dhillon (VCU School of Business)
Arthur’s research is in Information Systems (IS) and IT-enabled inter-organizational collaborations. He uses Chaos and Complexity Theory as a framework for his research. By applying strange attractors, a chaos theory concept, to the study of IS, he is studying the emergence of unanticipated IS characteristics that undermine managers' ability to predict and manage outcomes. His research addresses the complexity of IS arising from the inter-relationship, interaction, and interconnectivity of the elements in the IS and its environment. His research also extend into the distinction between complicated and complex IS and how an understanding of this distinction can lead to more effective and efficient operations.


Wilson Wong
"User Resistance and Trust in a Clinical Employee Location Tracking Information System"
Dissertation proposal defense: April 18, 2012.
Committee Chair: (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Jasen Cohen (Witts University, South Africa)
Wilson's research interests are in the areas of user resistance, trust, information privacy concerns, and health care information systems.