DBA Conference

DBA STUDENT TO PRESENT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH FOR GLOBAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE

 Date Published: September 9, 2016

COB DBAFrom the outset, students of the inaugural doctorate of business administration (DBA) class have been invited to conferences and speaker events across the country and even around the world. This summer one of those students will travel to Paris to present his research at the International Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference.

Emmanuel Dalavai, DBA '17, will present his proposed research paper at the EMS Conference to an audience of management scholars and practitioners representing more than a dozen different countries. His paper, titled "Start Me Up: When Exploring Entrepreneurial Intentions, Think EQ not IQ," was originally written for a strategy course taught by Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Management Greg Bell, Ph.D., and has since undergone several revisions.

Dalavai's paper addresses emotional intelligence, or EQ, as an antecedent to entrepreneurial intentions, reviewing relevant theoretical backgrounds and examining the influence of the theory of EQ in shaping an entrepreneur's attitudes, behaviors and decisions.

"When I first received the invitation to the conference, I wasn't sure if I would be able to participate, considering my work and academic commitments," said Dalavai. "Once I read more about the conference and its mission, and particularly about the hosting council, I knew I had to make it happen."

Spanning over 40 member universities, the Executive DBA Council was founded to be a platform for students, alumni, faculty and staff of executive doctoral degree programs to exchange ideas. Once a year, the council hosts the EMS conference, bringing together academics and working professionals to promote researched, evidence-based management.

"The mission of the council aligns perfectly with the scholar-practitioner ideals we share in the college of business," said Dalavai.

Encouraged by professors to use their passions to influence their research, UD's DBA students often look to their own experiences for research ideas. As a human resources professional at the multinational aerospace company Boeing Co., Dalavai drew from his background in coaching executives and developing leaders for inspiration.

"Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity are highly valued by businesses for their ability to affect company growth," said Dalavai. "It's important for us to understand how these concepts come together to build the right leadership capabilities, and how to enrich the team dynamic at large companies."

Dalavai's paper further explores the emotional influences on an individual when launching a business or introducing a value proposition into the business stream.

"In my experience of working alongside individuals with a high degree of emotional intelligence, they tend to have a propensity to make better decisions in environments of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity," said Dalavai.

Having spent several years studying and working in France both as an undergraduate and a professional, Dalavai is most excited to return to the country that ultimately launched his passion for languages, intercultural disciplines and global business.

"Spending time in a culture so different from my own built my global mindset and shaped my career inclinations," said Dalavai. "At Boeing, we work in over 40 locations around the globe and for several companies, which is not uncommon anymore; it's important for professionals today to have strong intercultural competence and empathy."

News

Art Alumna's Vintage Dress Design to Debut on Red Carpet

Dallas-area native and Door Number 9 designer Elisa Choffel Low, BA '03, will have her latest dress design showcased on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 22. The silver open-back vintage-style gown includes a striking chainmail jewelry inset created in collaboration with Toronto jewelry designer Kyra Matsui.

+ Read More

University Welcomes Leading Catholic Intellectual to Campus

On Friday, Sept. 13, the university community welcomed George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the father of two UD alumnae. Celebrated for his two-volume biography of St. John Paul II and many other intellectual contributions, Weigel presented an exploration of the current Catholic situation in light of a new interpretation of the past 250 years of the church's interaction with social, cultural, economic and political modernity.

+ Read More

Recent DBA Alumnus Begins Tenure-Track Position at UNI

Gabe Dickey, DBA '19, recently successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Exploring the Human Side of Audit Quality: Team Engagement and Partner Leadership Behaviors," for UD's Doctor of Business Administration. Dickey has spent his career in the accounting profession, the vast majority as a certified public accountant working in auditing. He began UD's DBA program three years ago, drawn in by his interest in broader business issues and the program's practitioner-oriented focus.

+ Read More