January 22, 2020

Dissertation Stage Award

2022 Award Recipient

Dr. Michelle K. Lee
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations
Smith School of Business, Queen’s University

Michelle K. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Washington. Her dissertation research studies how the social class background of executives influences career outcomes including selection to the chief executive position and the class pay gap. More broadly, her research interests include social class, strategic leadership, shareholder activism, and corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management Inquiry and covered by the Wall Street Journal. Prior to academia, she worked for Deloitte and Mazars in New York City.


This award, now in its 12th year, honors an individual whose dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the understanding of leadership or leadership phenomena.

The recipient of the award will be honored at the Network of Leadership Scholars meeting at the Academy of Management Annual Conference.

The deadline for submissions is 8AM (EST) on April 28th, 2023. Please note that only abridged versions of the dissertation are accepted.

For further information and full application details, please visit:

https://lead.fiu.edu/resources/research/alvah-h-chapman-jr-outstanding-dissertation-award/index.html or contact the FIU Center for Leadership at lead@fiu.edu or (305) 348-5323.

Previous Award Winners

2012Alvah H. Chapman Jr.
2013Amy Ou
2014Emily Grijalva
2015Joo Hun Han
2016Wongun Goo
2017Dorothy Carter
2018Jasmine Vergauwe
2019Jackson Lu
2020Anyi Ma
2021Hemant Kakkar
2021Cynthia Maupin
2022Michelle K. Lee

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