Doctoral Dissertation Competition

2010/2011 Competition 

On February 7, 2011, The Forum for People Performance Management and Measurement announced the winner of its second research competition for doctoral candidates studying in the field of people and organizational performance.

Meng Uoy Taing, who is pursuing his doctoral degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, won the research prize, which includes a $2,500 stipend, together with exclusive access to business and industry experts for research guidance and potential data sources.

Taing’s research abstract, “Transformational Leadership Behaviors: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective,” was selected among six finalists, including entries from candidates representing Cornell University, The University of Maryland and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

“The key requirement for finalists was that the research addresses the relationship between employees, or other key constituents, to specific metrics of an organization’s performance,” said Forum President Keith Fenhaus. “The Forum’s panel of judges chose a winner whose research was closely aligned with the Forum’s concept of the Human Value Connection and Leadership Model. We look forward to the completion of Mr. Taing’s research later this year.”  An Executive Summary of his research will be available in 2013.

2009 Competition 

The Forum's inaugural Research Competition was launched in early September, and received excellent turnout. With over 24 submissions received from students at such schools as MIT, University of Connecticut, and George Washington University, the Forum is working toward broadening its academic network while increasing the visibility of employee enrichment strategies in the workplace.

The key requirement for finalists was that the research must address the relationship between employees, or other key constituents, to specific metrics of an organization’s performance. Many of the applicants were exceptionally qualified and were developing thought provoking research projects in the field of engagement, organizational culture, people metrics and the impact of training initiatives in improving performance. The winner of the competition would have access to industry experts for research guidance, access to potential data sources from businesses and other organizations affiliated with the Forum, and receive a cash stipend of $2,500 that may be used for data collection, analysis and reporting.

Upon review, the Forum’s panel of judges chose a winner whose research was closely aligned with the Forum’s concept of the Human Value Connection and Leadership Model — Curtis T. Walker Jr.'s dissertation abstract “Climate for Engagement and the Role of Leadership in Fostering Performance Behavior”.