Doctoral Recognition Program Celebrates Scholarly Success
Michigan Business School honors PhD graduates and Professors Gautam Ahuja, PhD '96, and Tridas Mukhopadhyay, PhD '88.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Michigan Business School celebrated its 20 newest PhDs and two other Michigan-trained scholars at the school¿s fifth annual Doctoral Recognition Program on April 8.
Students presented the PhD Teaching Excellence Award to Gautam Ahuja, PhD '96, the Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow and associate professor of corporate strategy and international business. Tridas Mukhopadhyay, PhD '88, the Deloitte Consulting Professor of E-Business and director of Master of Science in E-Commerce Program at Carnegie Mellon University, received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mukhopadhyay, who also gave the keynote address, told the graduates scholarly success depends mostly on the choice of research problems. ¿Pick a real-life problem, not one driven by the literature, and you have the best chance of making a contribution,¿ Mukhopadhyay advised.
Ahuja thanked the students and expressed gratitude to faculty who mentored him, staff in the PhD office and the University of Michigan. "I am a graduate of this program. Clearly this program did something that added value. This award is about mentoring. We become mentors based on how we were mentored," Ahuja said. Education is a debt that can never be repaid except by providing the same for others, he added, noting that he tries to create an environment for students similar to what the Business School and University of Michigan provided for him.
Ahuja, co-chairperson of the Corporate Strategy and International Business group at the Business School, received the MBA teaching award in 2003.
Izak Duenyas, associate dean for faculty development and research, said the Business School community is proud of its PhDs. He noted that the 2004 graduates will be teaching at many of the top business schools in the nation. "You also soon will discover that meeting with PhD students is one of the most pleasurable parts of the week," Duenyas predicted.
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, associate professor of management and organizations and chair of the school¿s Doctoral Studies Committee, advised students to remain resilient by honing their skills, finding their own voice and attending to relationships, both personal and professional.
The students honored were: Neveen Farag Awad, computer and information systems; Brian H. Boyer, finance; Mei Feng, accounting; Marcin Kacperczyk, finance; Christo Karuna, accounting; Irene Y. Kim, accounting; Renáta Kosová, corporate strategy and international business; Nandini Lahiri, international business; Katherine A. Lawrence, management and organizations; Ying Li, operations management; Sarah E. McVay, accounting; Kiwan Park, marketing; Linda Court Salisbury, marketing; Shalini Singh, finance; Alexander Sleptsov, corporate strategy; Markus Vodosek, management and organizations; Timothy J. Vogus, management and organizations; Zhi (Jay) Wang, finance; Hong Yuan, marketing; and Zheng (Jane) Zhao, corporate strategy and international business.
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