January 22, 2020

Dissertation Stage Award

Sponsored by the Center for Leadership at Florida International University

2021 Award Co-Recipients

Hemant Kakkar

Dr. Hemant Kakkar
Assistant Professor, Management and Organizations
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Dissertation: Fall from grace: The role of dominance and prestige in the punishment of high-status actors

Hemant Kakkar is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Professor Kakkar received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the London Business School.

His research draws on social psychology and evolutionary theories of status and influence to examine judgments and behaviors of individuals and groups within social hierarchies. He also explores employees’ tendency to go beyond their formal job requirements and at other times, take shortcuts or act unethically. He was granted the Outstanding Dissertation Award 2021 by International Association of Conflict Management. He also won the best theoretical/empirical paper award from the conflict management division of the Academy of Management, 2021.

His research is published in leading academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Applied Psychology, Nature Human Behavior, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Nature Human Behavior. His research is also covered by several popular press outlets, such as The Washington Post, Forbes, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Times UK and the Harvard Business Review. He teaches Foundations of Organizational Behavior to Masters students at Fuqua. He won the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021 for the MMS program. Before joining academia, Professor Kakkar worked as a technical consultant in Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.


Dr. Cynthia Maupin
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior and Leadership
School of Management, Binghamton University

Dissertation: The costs and benefits of leader-driven communication structures for promoting rapid system recovery after exogenous shocks

The recipient of the 2021 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award is Dr. Cynthia K. Maupin. Her dissertation titled “The Costs and Benefits of Leader-Driven Communication Structures for Promoting Rapid System Recovery after Exogenous Shocks” not only advances leadership science by highlighting the conditions under which leader-driven communication is effective (and ineffective), but also provides actionable recommendations for real-world leaders who are tasked with helping their organizations to recover in the aftermath of a crisis. Dr. Maupin is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership for the School of Management at Binghamton University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia. Her research investigates the factors that promote effective leadership, leadership development, and teamwork processes, and has been published or is in press at outlets including the Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Human Relations, Group and Organization Management, Small Group Research, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives on Science and Practice. Dr. Maupin is a Fellow for the Bernard M. & Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies, a Senior Research Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), and a Core Faculty Member for the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo). She is also a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Interdisciplinary Network for Groups Research.


The Center for Leadership at Florida International University is proud to announce the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award, in partnership with the Network of Leadership Scholars of the Academy of Management. This award, now in its 10th year, honors an individual whose dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the understanding of leadership or leadership phenomena.

The recipient of the award will receive a $3,000 cash prize, be honored at the Network of Leadership Scholars meeting at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, and be supported to deliver an invited presentation at the FIU Center for Leadership.

The deadline for submissions is 8AM (EST) on April 29th, 2022. 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

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