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PhD student at Maharishi University of Management receives award and grant
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20 March 2012
Students of Maharishi University of Management's PhD in Management programme have been finding academic success and recognition.
According to Dr Dennis Heaton, co-director of the programme, an emphasis on social and environmental responsibility naturally emerged as a result of the PhD students' inclinations and research.
Dr Heaton provided some examples of present and past dissertation research topics with this emphasis on sustainability and consciousness:
The role of HRM (human resource management) in implementing sustainability
Conceptions of sustainability in Cameroon
Higher states of consciousness and trust
Support of nature and success
Brain integration and management integrity
Consumers and non-genetically modified food
Effects of green-certified building
Moral development of CPAs
Environmental Management System and corporate financial performance
Development economics based on natural law
Self-development and leadership behaviors
The effects of the Transcendental Meditation Programme on stress in managers
Students in the programme have been finding recognition. Dr Heaton mentioned the work of Manjunath Rao.
Mr Rao, under the guidance of advisor Dr Andy Bargerstock, had an article published in Management Accounting Quarterly. The article was titled 'Exploring the Role of Standard Costing in Lean Manufacturing Enterprises: A Structuration Theory Approach'.
This research received the LEI Excellence in Lean Accounting Student Award from the Lean Enterprises Institute.
Mr Rao also received a $4,000 research grant from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) research foundation to continue with his dissertation. The IMA is an association of accountants and financial professionals; the grant was the IMA Doctoral Student Grant. According to the IMA website, 'The Research Foundation Doctoral Student Grant Program is designed to assist accounting doctoral students who are pursuing research that has the potential to contribute to the management accounting profession.'
Other students in the Management PhD programme are also having success, said Dr Heaton.
He mentioned a student who is studying how corporations can practice sustainability in Cameroon.
'She found that the important value that distinguishes the African approach to sustainability is the value of community . . . the African cultural spirit which is called Ubuntu.'
Another doctoral student did interviews in China to learn more about the relationship between managers and their senior managers.
'She wanted to develop an indigenous theory of management' in China, Dr Heaton said.
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