AOM PNP Best Dissertation Award

Who defended the best dissertation in 2016?

The Best Dissertation Award Selection Committee for the Public and Nonprofit
(PNP) Division of the Academy of Management requests nominations for the
Division’s 2017 Best Dissertation Award.

This dissertation award recognizes important academic work and high quality
intellectual contributions to the PNP fields. Nominated dissertations that
make contributions to the understanding of management in the public and
nonprofit arenas will be considered.

Only dissertations defended during the 2016 calendar year are eligible for
consideration. Submissions consist of two items: (1) An electronic copy of the
dissertation, and (2) An electronic copy of a nomination letter from the
dissertation committee chair or other committee member. These materials must
be submitted by email to the committee chair by February 1, 2017.

Submissions will be evaluated by three committee members:
Mark Hager (chair), School of Community Resources & Development, Arizona State
University (United States)
Anders Ryom Villadsen, Department of Management, Aarhus University (Denmark)
Elizabeth Searing, Department of Public Administration & Policy, University of
Albany (United States) — last year’s award winner

Send questions and nominations to the Committee chair,

Best regards,
Anders Villadsen

Trends in professional degree enrollments

Pomp and Circumstance

From the FT, re MBA programs:

Applications for full-time two-year MBA courses fell in most US business schools last year, according to the latest figures from the Graduate Management Admission Council, the owner and administrator of the GMAT admission exam.


In the US, 53 per cent of schools running full-time two-year MBA courses reported a decline in application numbers in 2016, while 40 per cent reported growth.


Meanwhile, the percentage of business schools worldwide reporting growth in applications declined for a third straight year, from 61 per cent in 2014 to 57 per cent in 2015 to 43 per cent this year.

Smaller courses tended to be worst hit while those with larger student intakes experienced growth.


However part-time MBA courses continue to struggle to raise demand, according to the GMAC figures, with just 43 per cent of these programmes reporting a rise in applications compared with half reporting a decline in volumes.


But he added that the increasing number of tailored business qualifications, such as the master in data analytics degree, meant that there was a more “mixed picture” in terms of demand for specific business schools.

Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2005 to 2015

Now available from CGS.


Applications and first-time enrollment in U.S. graduate programs continue to grow. For only the second time since the survey was initiated in 1986, the number of applications for master’s and research doctoral programs has surpassed two million. Institutions responding to the survey reported a total of 506,927 graduate students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2015, a record high.

Domestic first-time graduate enrollment is increasing. The 3.8% increase in first-time graduate enrollment among U.S. citizens and permanent residents is sizable compared to the changes between Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 (1.3%). U.S. citizens and permanent residents also continue to constitute the majority of first-time graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions (78.0% in Fall 2015).

Robust first-time graduate enrollment increases at public institutions. First-time graduate enrollment at public institutions rose by 4.9%, compared to the 1.8% increase at private, not-for-profit institutions.

First-time international graduate enrollment growth slows down. First-time graduate enrollment of international students rose by 5.7%, a rate considerably lower than in recent years. This change in growth also occurred within the broad fields of study, particularly in engineering and mathematics and computer sciences where growth slowed substantially.

Total graduate enrollment continues to be at. Despite increases in applications and first-time graduate enrollment, total enrollment remains relatively unchanged since its peak in 2013, a reflection of lower growth in first-time enrollment in previous years.

Strong growth in URM first-time graduate enrollment. Between Fall 2014 and Fall 2015, increases in first-time graduate enrollment for all underrepresented minority (URM) groups were greater than for White, non-Hispanic counterparts.

RFP: Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program – Deadline: August 17, 2016

Request for Proposals: Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program – Deadline: August 17, 2016

The 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) Request for Proposals is available online, and proposals are being accepted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation through August 17, 2016. The Kauffman Foundation will award up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

QUALIFICATIONS: This competitive fellowship is open to students seeking doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education, and is intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposals, as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals. It is expected that applicants will complete their dissertations by the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year.

TOPICS: While dissertations can be written on any topic of importance to entrepreneurship, the Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics and local ecosystems, demographic dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, declining business dynamism, future of work, economic inequality and mobility, and programmatic research.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Graduate students interested in applying for the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship can find the Request for Proposals online at All proposals must be submitted via the online application by 5:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Please direct all questions to

Recipients may use the grant to pay for costs associated with their dissertation, including data collection and analysis, databases, specialized hardware/software, course buyouts and travel.

ABOUT KDF: The KDF is one of three academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation as part of Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars (formerly Kauffman Emerging Scholars), an initiative that aids the Foundation in achieving its goal of building a body of respected entrepreneurship research and making entrepreneurship a highly regarded academic field. More information on the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars can be found here:

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