DBA Graduate and Professors Win Silver Medal

National silver medal from the Institute of Management Accountants won for article co-authored by DBA graduate and two accounting professors.
A manuscript co-authored by Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program graduate, Ronald Douglas Parker, DBA ’21, and accounting professors Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, and Brian W. Carpenter, Ph.D., won a prestigious 2021 Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Silver Medal.
A manuscript co-authored by Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program graduate, Ronald Douglas Parker, DBA ’21, and accounting professors Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, and Brian W. Carpenter, Ph.D., won a prestigious 2021 Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Silver Medal.

A member of The University of Scranton’s first graduating class of its Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program, Ronald Douglas Parker, DBA ’21 and two of his accounting professors won a prestigious 2021 Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Silver Medal for an article they co-authored. The article, “Dark Triad Personality Types and Fraud Behavior,” was co-authored with Dr. Parker by Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, chair of the Accounting Department and director of the DBA program at Scranton, and Brian W. Carpenter, Ph.D., professor of accounting.

Articles selected for award in the Lybrand Competition are drawn from all manuscripts published during the year in the Institute of Management Accountants’ (IMA) Strategic Finance and Management Accounting Quarterly journals, both of which are rated among the top five refereed practitioner journals.

Dr. Parker is the third member of Scranton’s DBA class of 2021 cohort to win a Lybrand medal, joining classmates Daniel J. Gaydon, DBA ’21, and Marcus Burke, DBA ’21, who won 2020 Lybrand Silver and Bronze medals, respectively, for articles co-authored with Dr. Boyle and Daniel P. Mahoney, Ph.D., professor of accounting. In addition, Patrick O’Brian, DBA ’21, received a 2020 Lybrand certificate of merit and Amanda Marcy, ’10, G’11, DBA ’21, faculty specialist, received the inaugural IMA Curt Verschoor Ethics Feature of the Year award in 2020.

Scranton’s accounting faculty have been awarded more Lybrand Medals in the past decade than any other institution in the nation, previously winning six Lybrand medals, including two gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals, as well as five certificates of merit. They have also been internationally recognized for their research and publishing efficiency in the 2020 Brigham Young University Accounting Rankings, which ranks accounting programs and faculty throughout the world based on their success in publishing in top-tier accounting journals. The report, which is updated annually and includes ranks for specific categories of research and for specific time periods, ranks the Accounting Department at Scranton as the fourth most prolific department in the world for accounting education research (excluding cases) over the most recent six-year period. The department was also ranked internationally for all methods, audit and experimental accounting research.

With respect to authorships of individual accounting faculty in the area of accounting education, Dr. Boyle was ranked No. 7, and Dr. Carpenter was ranked No. 22 (tied). Additionally, Dr. Boyle was ranked for all methods, auditing, and experimental research and Dr. Carpenter was ranked for all methods.

Scranton’s DBA program also received international recognition when the prestigious accrediting body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), listed the program in 2019 among the “Innovations and Best Practices in Canada, Latin America and the United States.” Scranton’s DBA was recognized for providing a non-traditional research DBA in accounting that “promotes diversity and practice relevance by providing a flexible path for experienced practitioners to gain the knowledge and credentials required to succeed in tenure-track positions at AACSB-accredited institutions.”

Dr. Parker’s dissertation is “A Bright Side of the Dark: The Effects of Machiavellian Personality Trait and Fraud Risk Indicators on Auditors’ Skeptical Judgments.” A resident of Franklin, North Carolina, Dr. Parker is a tenure-track assistant professor of accounting at Western Carolina University, which is where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

A Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Management Accountant, Dr. Boyle has more than 25 years of industry executive experience. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Boyle was profiled in 2020 and 2019 as one of just six “Professors to Know in Business Programs Based in the Northeast” selected by Bschools.org, an online resource for entrepreneurs. He was awarded the University Service and Leadership Award from the Provost in 2021, the Award in Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the Faculty Senate at Scranton in 2019 and has won numerous other awards for teaching and research. He is the founder and director of the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program.

Dr. Boyle’s research has been published in numerous academic and practitioner journals, such as The Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, Current Issues in Auditing, The Journal of Accounting Education, The Accounting Educators’ Journal, The Journal of Accountancy, Strategic Finance, Fraud Magazine, Internal Auditor, Management Accounting Quarterly, The CPA Journal, Internal Auditing, The Journal of Applied Business Research and The Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Boyle earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, an MBA from Columbia University and a doctorate from Kennesaw State University.

Dr. Carpenter, who was named the University’s inaugural PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP Accounting Research Chair, also received numerous teaching awards throughout his distinguished career. In 1990, he was named as The University of Scranton’s Alpha Sigma Nu Professor of the Year. In 1997, he was selected as Pennsylvania’s Accounting Professor of the Year by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 2002, he was selected as Scranton’s CASE Professor of the Year. In 2008, he was a recipient of the university’s Provost Excellence Award for the Scholarship of Teaching.

Dr. Carpenter co-authored two textbooks and published more than 50 articles in numerous professional and academic journals, including Accounting Organizations and Society, Accounting Horizons, The CPA Journal, Strategic Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly, The Internal Auditor, Internal Auditing, the Journal of Accounting Education, the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, the Journal of Applied Business Research and the Journal of Business and Economics Research. He holds an MBA from The University of Scranton as well as a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.

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