Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Relationships between Locus of Control, Technology Usage, and Grades among Graduate Students.

Dr. Safavi

The Relationships between Locus of Control, Technology Usage, and Grades among Graduate Students.


Using Rotter‘s (1966) survey, this study determined the level of student personality factor Locus of Control (LOC) and examined whether or not it played a role in student adaptation and usage of technology. In this study, a course website technology was utilized for graduate students in face-to-face classrooms in a university. The student participants had successfully completed the course Economics for Decision Making during the period fall semester of 2013 to fall semester of 2015. The researcher examined the number of times a student used the website by looking at the Learning Management System (LMS) data that showed the frequency of students logging into the course website and then correlated that data to student LOC. The study confirmed that students with internal LOC level used the course website more often than the students with external LOC level; however, the study rejected the assumption that student personality factor Locus of Control had a significant impact on the student final grade.

Link to Research:


Safavi, N., (2016) The Relationships Between Locus of Control, Technology Usage, and Grades Among Graduate Students (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. AAT 10196437)

Author Bio:

Nazila Safavi is a telecommunications consultant and instructor of Information Technology, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering courses and subjects. Nazila Safavi has earned her PhD in the field of Information Technology Management. Her undergraduate studies in Computer Science were conducted at the Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, England. She has earned her MS in Telecommunications at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Nazila is currently serving as a program chair for the TECH program Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and as an assistant professor at the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. Safavi has served as an adjunct faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine Extended School as well as National University and University of La Verne, where she has also been a member of advisory committee and program and course developer. Safavi is a recognized expert in Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering related subjects. Her work has been published in the academic and practitioner journals. She has published a few scholarly articles. Her work is presented in several academic seminars and conferences. In addition, Safavi has wide-ranging practical experience. She has served to some of the world's leading Wireless and Telecommunication firms. Safavi specializes in the construction of Code Division Multiple Access as well as other Wireless Communication areas. Safavi received a scholarship from Oxford Brooks University in 1992. This award is usually given to the person that is most likely to establish a new area of research. Safavi successfully conducts a series of online seminars, has earned a number of awards, including the one she is most proud of: The best teacher award.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Arrogance at the Top

Abstract: In the recent past, there has been a plethora of media reports citing corporate scandals.   Mr. John Rigas, the founder of Adelphia Communications, the fifth largest cable operator in the United States, is one of the many corporate officers removed by Federal Authorities in handcuffs. The elderly Mr. Rigas, along with his sons, and other top leadership at Adelphia were indicted. This paper will center on the application of business ethics and inappropriate decisions that Mr. Rigas may have made when he was at the helm of Adelphia Communications. This paper will also demonstrate examples of business practices that may not be illegal; however, they allow serious ethical concerns to remain when inaccurate financial reporting is not questioned in public companies. Ethics is "the study of the general nature of morals and specific moral choices an individual makes in relating members of a profession..." not only when making professional decisions but personal choices as well (Dictionary, 2011, p. 385). Researchers tie the concept of business ethics with a concept of constant struggle and pursuit of moral behavior which sometimes appears to be in a direct conflict with both business and human nature (Weaver, 2011).   Sometimes it is hard to make the right choice, especially when pleasure is involved in choosing a behavior that seems to be good for us, but it may not be the right thing to do as it is described by the deontology theory "the good is defined independently of the right" meaning not everything that is good is right or vice-verse.

Reference: Murphy, R. & Zelihic, M. (2011) Arrogance at the Top. Business Review, Cambridge. Retrieved from

Author Bio: Dr. Maja Zelihic is a Program Chair for the Masters of Organizational Management, in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. She has a Ph.D in General Business with an emphasis in Organizational Management. In addition to being a Program Chair in the MAOM program, Dr. Zelihic is a Chair of Professional Development and Scholarship committee at Ashford University, which is a committee that recommends professional development content and provides recommendations concerning faculty research. She is a Program Chair; Innovation Track at ABSEL (Association for Business Simulation & Experiential Learning).

Dr. Zelihic is the recipient of Western International University Excellence Award for Contributions to Faculty Peer Development, two-time recipient of the University of Phoenix Faculty Scholarship award, was recognized as one of the top 10 Forbes School of Business faculty members in 2013, recipient of the University Fellows grants award in 2014(as part of a team of four), and again the recipient of the University Fellows Grant award in 2016 as the principal investigator.

In 2016 Dr. Zelihic was honored to be the recipient of both The 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award (nominated by her peers) and Forbes School of Business President's Award for the Excellence in Scholarship.
To name just a few of her international presentation endeavors, Dr. Zelihic presented at the International Symposium of the New Technologies in Sports, delivering a lecture on sports management in April, 2011 in Sarajevo, Bosnia; 2015 IX International GUIDE Conference -Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2015 Multidisciplinary Academic Conference, Orlando, Florida; and she is a three time attendee and presenter at the Finance, Economics, MIS, & Global Business Research Conference, Miami, Florida. This year Dr. Zelihic is going to be presenting at the XI International GUIDE Conference and IX International EdTech IKASNABAR Congress in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Zelihic was the key speaker at the Economics, Finance, MIS & International Business Research Conference, London presenting her research on Biculturalism in the US workforce.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Leadership Role of Executives in Building Customer Relationship Marketing

Dr. Adebowale Onatolu
Abstract:  “If leaders are to be effective in a diverse society, they need to understand their own preferred style and behaviors, and how these may differ from those preferred by others. Otherwise, their interactions with others are likely to be fraught with misattributions, misunderstandings, and misinterpretations,” (Ayman, & Korabik, 2010, p.1). By understanding their own leadership styles, executives can play significant leadership role in transferring their leadership styles to build a long-term relationship with their employees which translates into building Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM); a concept that focuses on establishing long-term relationships with customers. The paper will discuss the role of executives in the customer relationship marketing concept of the company.

Link to Research:

Reference: Onatolu, A. (2013 June) Leadership Role of Executives in Customer Relationship Marketing. Business Marketing Association. Newsletter.

Author Bio: Adebowale Onatolu (aka Dr.D or Debo) is a full-Time professor and the Acting Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Marketing program in the Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in Business and Management from Northeastern Illinois University, a master’s degree in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from University of Phoenix. Teaching was something that Debo always planned on doing because it would allow him to stay in the classroom and keep him studying forever. His professional experience includes corporate positions and small business ownership. He participates in various conferences and workshops to enhance his business knowledge.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from African Countries

Efiong Akwaowo, PhD
Abstract: During the past two decades, advances toward a truly global economy were driven by the role of Multinational Enterprises (MNE).  The progress in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has raised many controversies in the ways these foreign investors conduct their businesses in the developing countries.  More attention has been given to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in developing countries.  Despite such attention, Africa is much less represented than any other continent.  MNEs, which embark on FDI, are faced with an important decision on how to enhance CSR in order to reduce poverty in their host countries. The authors reviewed peer-reviewed literature exploring FDI, CSR and how FDI contributed to the reduction of poverty in the African developing countries of Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon.

Reference: Akwaowo, Efiong and Swanson, Andree. (2016) Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from African Countries. Review of Business & Finance Studies, Vol. 7(2), p. 21-33, 2016.

 Author Bio:
This is Efiong Akwaowo, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business. Dr. Akwaowo holds a PhD in Business Administration with a specialization in International Business from Northcentral University and a Master of Business Administration in Management along with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing both from Texas Southern University. He focuses on areas in International Business, Entrepreneurship and Global Strategic Management. He has worked in the corporate world for more than 15 years in the area of strategic planning and has been teaching traditional and online classes for more than seven years.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Virtual Teams – Individual Perceptions of Effective Project Management that Contribute to a Collective Effort in Project Success

Title:  Virtual Teams Individual Perceptions of Effective Project Management that Contribute to a Collective Effort in Project Success

Abstract:  How do effective project managers use team communication, relationship building, and project management elements in dispersed virtual project teams to influence overall project success when team members have little face-to-face interaction? This article focuses on research conducted on distributed project management teams that had to rely on a virtual, technologically-driven environment for coordination and communication of project tasks and objectives throughout the life of the project. This investigation concentrated on seeking the dispersed project team member who could function effectively as an interconnected and cooperative team member in order to achieve project success even though not co-located with other team members.

Link to Research:

Reference:  Toler, L. (2014).  Virtual Team – Individual Perceptions of Effective Project Management that Contribute to a Collective Effort in Project Success. Project Management Institute.  Retrieved

Author Bio:  Dr. Lisa Toler is a Manager and certified Project Management Professional at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) where she has been employed for 33 years.  She currently leads the Nonproliferation Policy and Safeguards Implementation Team and serves as the BNL point-of-contact for the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative under the NNSA Nuclear Safeguards and Security program and the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to IAEA Safeguards (POTAS) U.S. Laboratory Coordinator at BNL.  Dr. Toler participates in program development activities, and provides ongoing response to the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative’s call for proposals

Dr. Toler also teaches Organizational Behavior at the graduate and undergraduate level and Organizational Change at the undergraduate level as an online adjunct Associate Professor with Ashford University, Forbes School of Business. 

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Inhibitors to Transparency

Title: Inhibitors to Transparency

Abstract: Transparency is a critical component in achieving a level of organizational success. This article discuss areas that inhibit transparency and impact not only on organizations (the business) but the people within the organization. The lack of leadership integrity, organizational culture, and the inability to communicate effectively through interpersonal communication skills are defined inhibitors to organizational transparency within this article. By addressing the identified transparency inhibitors leaders are able to achieve a level of organizational success. 

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Reference: Powel, C. (2015). Inhibitors to Transparency. About Leaders. Retrieved
Author Bio:
Dr. Christopher Powell currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Integrity Services, LLC and Deputy Director of Human Capital Planning for the Army Corps of Engineers – IT (ACE-IT).

Prior to his current role as Deputy Director of Human Capital Planning, he served as the Deputy Director of the Central Region of ACE-IT where Dr. Powell assisted in leading and managing over 500 federal government IT employees and over 800 government IT contractors in a virtual/non-centralized organization that extend throughout the United States, Alaska and Hawaii.
Other assignments include serving in senior positions within the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Army Intelligence (G-2) Pentagon and the Defense Intelligence Agency. With over 30 years experience leading and supporting public, private and non-profit sector organizations, he has also authored several articles and is currently constructing a book about leadership. Dr. Powell facilitates courses with Ashford University and has facilitated courses in organizational leadership and management, enterprise architecture, project management, transforming organizations through business process reengineering leadership, systems analysis and information technology leadership/management with Northern Virginia Community College and several other venues within the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Dr. Powell is well versed in business acumen.

As a 20 plus year military veteran, Dr. Powell was assigned to numerous countries including Asia, Europe and Africa where there have been challenges and opportunities. One such opportunity landed him on top of the Berlin Wall as the wall was being torn down. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems management from Colorado Christian University, a master’s degree in telecommunication management from Webster University, and a doctoral degree in organizational management and leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Powell completed the Department of Homeland Security Senior Fellows Program and earned certificates in IT Program Management, Configuration Management, Chief Information Officer and Information Assurance, to name a few. His passions are leadership, management and growing and developing people.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Student Learning or the Student Experience: The Shift from Traditional to Non-Traditional Faculty in Higher Education

Dr. Pamela Allen
Title: Student Learning or the Student Experience: The Shift from Traditional to Non-Traditional Faculty in Higher Education

Trends in higher education indicate transformations from teachers to facilitators, mentors, or coaches. New classroom management requires diverse teaching methods for a changing population. Non-traditional students require non-traditional faculty. Higher education operates similar to a traditional corporation, but competes for students, faculty, and funding to sustain daily operations and improve academic ranking among peers (Pak, 2013). This growing phenomenon suggests the need for faculty to transform the existing educational culture, ensuring the ability to attract and retain students. Transitions from student learning to the student experience and increasing student satisfaction scores are influencing facilitation in the classroom. On-line facilitation methods are transforming to include teamwork, interactive tutorials, and media, and are extending beyond group discussion. Faculty should be required to provide more facilitation, coaching, and mentoring with the shifting roles resulting in transitions from traditional faculty to faculty-coach and faculty-mentor. The non-traditional adult student may require a more hands on guidance approach and may not be as self-directed as the adult learning theory proposes. This topic is important to individuals that support creation of new knowledge related to non-traditional adult learning models.

Reference: Revista Tecnología, Ciencia y Educación. Nº. 5 Septiembre-Diciembre 2016
Revista Tecnología, Ciencia y Educación ISSN: 2444-250X / ISSN-e: 2444-2887

Author Bio:
Dr. Pamela Allen, DM, CLC, ACF, is an Executive Life Coach who provides professional consultation related to leadership, teamwork, dissertation support, and organizational development. As a research associate in the Center for Leadership and Education Research she continues active research from national and global perspectives regarding non-traditional adult students and faculty, non-traditional face-to-face learning, blended learning, online learning, advances in educational technology, and diversity and inclusion. Following these research themes, from March to June 2016, Dr. Allen was recently involved in professional presentations at the Western Academy of Management, Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, and the International Guide Conference in Madrid, Spain. The following article, “Student Learning or the Student Experience: The Shift from Traditional to Non-Traditional Faculty in Higher Education” was published in an international journal Revista Tecnología, Ciencia y Educación in September 2016. Dr. Allen received multiple honorarium awards, a research scholarship award from the School for Advanced Studies, and a Publication Research Award in November 2016. She also received Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Phoenix in 2016.
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