PhD Candidates

Lindsay Andiola
"Performance Feedback in the Audit Environment"
Dissertation proposal defense: 
May 8, 2014
Committee Chair: Jean C. Bedard (Bentley University)
Committee Members: Jay C. Thibodeau (Bentley University), Steve G. Sutton (University of Central Florida)

Lindsay’s primary research interest is auditor judgment and decision making, with specific interests in training, coaching, and mentoring in the audit environment, the audit workpaper and performance review processes, and audit firm culture. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of performance feedback on an auditor’s performance and motivation/effort. In particular, her research examines how a supervisor’s approach to providing performance feedback, an audit staff’s receptivity to coaching and feedback, and the relationship between the supervisor and the audit staff affect work-related outcomes (i.e., performance, effort, feedback seeking). Because public accounting firms have recently focused on coaching as a key strategy to improve auditor judgment and decision making (for example the KPMG Judgment Framework), it is important to understand how features of the audit review process affect the effectiveness of coaching. Lindsay’s research applies theories and findings from the psychology and management literatures on feedback and examines specific contextual features of the audit environment that may affect auditor behavior.


Jace Garrett
“The Relationship between Accounting Processes and Interpersonal Trust”
Dissertation proposal defense: April 30, 2014
Committee Chair: Jean C. Bedard (Bentley University)
Committee Members: Jeffrey A. Livingston (Bentley University), Cynthia E. Clark (Bentley University), William B. Tayler (Brigham Young University)

Jace’s primary research interest is interpersonal trust, with a specific interest in its application to accounting contexts. His dissertation has two primary focuses. The first is the effect of trust within organizations on the quality of firms’ financial reporting. Research on the benefits of trust on individuals’ behavior is abundant, but little research has been done on the firm-level benefits that trust can provide. Jace’s research  shows that firms with high trust have a lower likelihood of costly financial reporting failures. The second focus of Jace’s dissertation is the effect that managerial control systems have on trust between members of the organization. Prior research suggests that control systems can have a detrimental effect on trust within organization. Jace’s research investigates whether the negative effect of controls depends on an individual’s role in the organization and the structure of the work environment.


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 Members: 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.


Paul LedouxLedoux
"Towards an Organizational Model of Excellence: A Neo-Aristotelean Approach to Business Ethics"
Dissertation proposal defense: May 9, 2012
Committee Chair: Anthony Buono (Bentley University)
Committee Member: Robert Frederick (Bentley University)

Paul’s primary research interests are in the field of Business Ethics with a focus on Virtue Ethics. His current work considers the appropriateness of using virtue ethics at the organizational level and develops a conceptual account of virtue ethics which can be applied at that level. Paul’s dissertation develops a model of a virtuous organization and investigates how the virtues are selected, developed, and exhibited at the organizational level.


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.


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 Members: 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.