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2008-2009 Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipients



The International Society for Performance Improvement is proud to honor excellence in student research through our Distinguished Dissertation Awards. The initiative is funded by the Society’s Research Committee. In addition to a monetary honorarium, recipients are asked to submit a manuscript based on their dissertation for consideration in Performance Improvement Quarterly and encouraged to submit a proposal to for ISPI’s Annual Conference.



First Place:
David G. Gliddon, PhD
Forecasting a Competency Model for Innovation Leaders Using a Modified Delphi Technique 
Pennsylvania State University 

Second Place:
Donna C. Crossman, PhD
The Impact of Safety Culture on Worker Motivation and the Economic Bottom Line
Capella University

Third Place:
Maria S. Kokas, PhD
An Exploration of Factors Involved in Workers Making Meaning of Job Searches After Layoff
Wayne State University



First Place:
Frank Nguyen, PhD
The Effects of an Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) and Training as Performance Interventions
San Diego State University

Second Place:

Kimfong (Jason) Lei, PhD
Development and Validation of a Cross-Disciplinary Team Learning Model

Third Place:

Timothy R. Brock, PhD
Training NASA Astronauts for Deep Space Exploration Missions: A Research Study to Develop and Validate a Competency-Based Training Framework
Lockheed Martin

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