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October 28, 2016
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Laurier graduates first student from PhD management program

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After successfully defending his doctoral dissertation, Joel Marcus has become Laurier’s first graduate of the School of Business & Economics’ doctor of philosophy in management program.

“Joel has completed his studies with the highest result possible on the graduate candidate record and we are so proud to welcome him to our alumni family as our first from the PhD management program,” said Ginny Dybenko, dean of the School of Business & Economics.

The objective of the four-year program, which launched in 2005, is to train students to become independent research investigators in their chosen field of study.

In his dissertation, titled “Human Values and Corporate Actions Propensity: Examining the Behavioural Roots of Societal Sustainability,” Marcus explores how different personal values relate to the propensity of corporations to engage in actions that benefit or harm society across the economic, social and environmental domains. 

His research shows that individuals with strong economic values have a greater tendency to engage in harmful actions across all domains, and are less likely to engage in beneficial social and environmental actions. He also found that females were found to have stronger social and environmental values, and weaker economic values, than men.

Marcus will receive his degree at Laurier’s fall convocation Oct. 29. He also has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Laurier.


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