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Saint Mary’s faculty and students present research at management conference 

November 2, 2021

Cardinal Update News

By Lelna Desta and Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota business faculty and students attended and showcased their scholarly work at the Midwest Academy of Management’s annual conference, hosted by St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, this October. The conference kicked off with the Doctoral Consortium which offered informative sessions for students on “Teaching Effectiveness” by Dr. Tim Peterson and “Research Productivity” by Dr. Monica Forret. Activities included a panel discussion and a working lunch in small groups with faculty. Students and faculty also attended keynote addresses and topical paper presentations.

Saint Mary’s faculty and student research presentations included:

  • DBA student Adeniyi Adekunle served as a symposium panel moderator on “The Diversity Grand Challenge: Myths and Legends” session organized by Dr. Jennifer L. Schultz.
  • Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson presented two research papers:
    • “Mentors and/or Networking? Career Management Profiles and an Investigation with Career Success Outcomes”  – best paper nominee
    • “An examination of support for knowledge sharing behaviors and the moderating role of organization structure” 
  • Dr. Jennifer L. Schultz, along with DBA students Anne Swearingen, Lelna Desta, and Keith Anderson, delivered a professional development workshop on “Academy of Management Ombudsperson Team: Professional Collaborations.”
  • Dr. Matt J. Nowakowski and DBA student Abisola Femi-Jegede were members of a professional development workshop which presented on “Practitioners in the Classroom: Sharing Best Practices and Added Value.”
  • Dr. Jennifer L. Schultz, along with DBA students Abisola Femi-Jegede, Lelna Desta, Andrew Rhoades, and Bayogar Anthony McCritty, Sr., delivered a professional development workshop on “Apps ‘n Apps: Using Mobile Applications in the Business Classroom.”
  • DBA students Andrew Rhoades, Lelna Desta, and Keith Anderson presented their research paper titled “Fearless Whistleblowing: Backing Down Schoolyard Bullies.”  

In addition to her presentations, Dr. Jennifer L. Schultz, DBA faculty, served on the Best Papers Selection Committee, reviewed for the Business Practitioner track, and organized a panel symposium. Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson served as a reviewer for the Human Resource Management track. On the final day of the conference, a number of Saint Mary’s DBA students received scholarships from the Midwest Academy of Management to support their continued studies.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota was a gold-level sponsor of the conference.

Picture 1: Following the Doctoral Consortium, doctoral students and faculty members enjoyed the Mississippi River Cruise.

Picture 2: Students from the Doctoral in Business Administration program with faculty member Dr. Jennifer Schultz from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Picture 3: First-year students in St. Mary’s Doctoral in Business Administration program joined other faculty on a campus tour of St. Ambrose University. The picture was taken in front of the “beehive” which is the student center on the university’s campus in Davenport, Iowa.