I am pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. There were over 70 submissions, with many innovative and high-quality proposals submitted. The eight individuals below will be presenting their dissertation proposals to a distinguished panel of judges who will select the winner and runner-up for this year's competition. If you know any of the finalists, please offer them your congratulations for a significant accomplishment. The finalists are:
Yu Tse HengUniversity of Washington, Foster School of Business"The Grief-Work Interface: How Employees Negotiate Work after Losing a Loved One"
Audrey HolmBoston University, Questrom School of Business"Mobilizing the Unemployable: How Bridge Workers prepare Returning Citizens for the Labor Market"
Jiwon HwangColumbia University, Columbia Business School"Entrepreneurship as a Way to Overcome Labor Market Discrimination: Evidence from Formerly Incarcerated Individuals"
Summer JacksonMIT Sloan School of Management"Understanding Organizational Inequality at 'Well Intentioned' Companies: The Case of ShopCo's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies and Practices"
Rebecca KarpBoston University, Questrom School of Business"From Conceptual to Commercial: How Novel Innovations Gain Market Traction"
Seojin KimUniversity of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business"Essays on Technology Change and Firm Capabilities in Nascent Markets: Evidence from the Bionic Prosthetic Industry"
Karren KnowltonUniversity of Pennsylvania, Wharton School"Trailblazer Mindsets: When Being Under-represented Helps You Help Others"
Gauri SubramaniUniversity of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business"Try, try, try again? Persistence and the Gender Innovation Gap"Finally, I would like to thank the over 100 scholars who generously volunteered their time to provide reviews of the candidate proposals. This competition would be nothing without them, and I am grateful to them for their willingness to provide thoughtful and timely feedback.
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