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Alumni & Dissertations

Class of 2017

Robert Grant

Dissertation: Exploring Effects of Organizational Culture upon Implementation of Information Security Awareness and Training Programs within the Defense Industry Located in the Tennessee Valley Region

Harry Hobbs

Vice President Employee Engagement , Huntsville Utilities
Dissertation: A Qualitative Study of Millennials in the Workplace: Gaining their Long-term Employment in News Media Firms in North Alabama

Wendy Kirk

Dissertation: Workplace Bullying: Proven Methodologies to Mitigate the Issue within the Government Contracting Workplace Environment

Tim McDowell

US. Army Compliance Officer
M.S Management Florida Institute of Technology
Dissertation: A Comprehensive Study of Intrapreneurship as a Cultural form of Innovation and Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Karen Newsom

Dissertation: Business Practices Which Have the Greatest Influence on Retention as it relates to Wired Boomers in the Aerospace Industry in Huntsville, Alabama

Mike Park

Logistics, U.S. Army, HQ AMC
M.S. Logistics Management
Dissertation: The Impact of a Millennial Business Leader’s Emotional Intelligence on Turnover in the Multigenerational Sales Occupational Field   

Christine Schaefer

Dissertation: Factors Contributing to Millennial Turnover Rates in Department of Defense (DOD) Organizations

Class of 2018

Bob Keimer

Assistant Professor & Program Chair for Online Programs, Florida Institute of Technology
Masters of International Affairs
Dissertation: Execution: A Catalytic Capability in Firm Performance

Vicky W. Knerly

Assistant Director, Online Learning, Florida Institute of Technology
Master of Business Administration, M.S. Acquisition & Contract Management
Dissertation: Exploring Person-Organization Fit and Gender Bias in the Hiring Process of Engineering Firms: Is Selection Impacted? 

Valentina Naumenko

Researcher at International Professor Project and Entrepreneur.
MBA, University of Tartu, Estonia
Dissertation: The Impact of EB-5 Ownership on Employee Job Satisfaction and Guest Satisfaction in the Hospitality Industry: A Case Study

Edgar Quiñones, Jr.

Contracts Negotiator, Sr., Lockheed Martin Corporation
Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida
Dissertation: U.S. Government Acquisition Reform and its influence on Defense Contracting, Innovation, Diversification, and Collaboration   

Steve Rivet

Dissertation: Divestment of Strategic Resources in a Hypercompetitive, Capital Intensive, Knowledge Based Industry 

Donna Smith

Dissertation: Barriers to Mentoring Women of Color for Corporate Leadership: Implications for Organizations

Jose Torrech

Dissertation: The Role of Human Capital and Innovative Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Wes Sumner

Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Florida Institute of Technology
M.Ed. Educational Leadership
Dissertation: Spirituality as a Human Resource Attribute to Facilitate Employee Engagement and Retention

Kenny Welch

Secretary to the General Staff, US Army Cyber Command
Master of Business Administration
Dissertation: Understanding Department of Defense Employee Perceptions of Performance Appraisals: Making a Connection Between Performance Appraisals and Motivation

Class of 2019

Greg Connell

Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, Florida Tech
M. Ed. In Student Personnel Administration from the University of Florida
Dissertation: Avoiding the Restart Button: Examining the Critical Factors of the Onboarding Process that Encourage Team Cohesion

William Jimenez

President RipLog Investments and Cocoa Beach Child Psychology
MBA Lynn University
Dissertation: Transforming Human Resource Management into a Dynamic Capability and the Effects on Employee Attraction and Retention

Marshall Jones

Director for the Center for Applied Criminal Case Analysis, Professor, Florida Tech

William Greg Spencer

Dissertation: Does Organizational Culture Serve as an Antecedent to the Dynamic Capability of an Automated Customer Relationship System as an Example of a Big Data Analytics Program in a Firm? A Case Study

Manessa Threatt

Coby A True

Head of Operations – F405, Rolls-Royce Corporation
M.S. Operations Management
Dissertation: Distributed Team E-leadership: A Phenomenological Inquiry into Subordinate Perceptions of Career Development

Jean Marie van der Elst

M.A. Economics & Finance
CEO TAS Forensics LLC
Dissertation: The Economic Impact of Anti-Corruption Legislation on Foreign Investor Perceptions of Corruption