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    Second DBA Student Wins Esteemed Dissertation Award

    The University of Scranton DBA student Gregory Kogan received the Institute of Internal Auditors (IAA) Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Award. The IIA’s dissertation award is typically given to one dissertation a year. Kogan is the second Scranton DBA student to receive the award in the past three years.
    March 16, 2022

    The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) awarded University of Scranton Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student Gregory Kogan the Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Award for his DBA program dissertation study entitled “RPA in Accounting Risk and Internal Control Governance: Insights from RPA Program Managers.” The IIA’s dissertation award is typically given to one dissertation a year under the oversight of the Committee of Research and Education Advisors.

    Kogan is the second Scranton DBA student to receive this prestigious award in that past three years. In 2020, then DBA student Joy Chacko received the award for his DBA program dissertation study.

     “In the history of IIA’s dissertation award, which began in 2004, only two other institutions have had two students received this award – Case Western University and the University of Texas at Austin. Now, Scranton joins that elite list of schools,” said Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, Accounting Department chair and DBA program director.

    The IIA’s Committee of Research and Education Advisors is comprised of both academicians and practitioners actively involved in the profession of internal auditing. The selection process is competitive and includes the following criteria: relevance of the topic to internal auditing; soundness of methodology; coherent organization and clarity of presentation; and quality of data (where applicable). With an international membership of more than 200,000 members, the IIA is among the largest and most respected professional organizations for accountants.

    “The Scranton DBA program faculty were very caring and provided rigorous course work while also emphasizing key avenues toward success with research and publication,” said Kogan, who in 2021 co-authored the text book “Self-Service Data Analytics and Governance for Managers.”

    A certified public accountant (CPA), Kogan, Manalapan, New Jersey, is an assistant professor of practice in accounting at Virginia Tech University. He previously taught accounting practice at Long Island University. He has experience as an auditor at Ernst & Young and as a controller at Tiger Management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and his MBA in accounting from Rutgers University. He is a member of the third cohort of DBA students at Scranton and will graduate from the program in 2022.

    Members of Kogan’s dissertation committee include Dr. Boyle, dissertation committee chair, and Jeff Cohen, Ph.D., professor of accounting at Boston College.

    Housed in the Kania School of Management, the University’s DBA program began in the fall semester of 2017. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recognized Scranton’s DBA program for “Innovations and Best Practices in Canada, Latin America and the United States” in 2019. The program was developed with a concentration in accounting, to provide experienced practitioners with a practical pathway to an academic career. The program offers participants flexibility, while still providing for the development of the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a “scholarly academic” – one who is qualified to teach at a school of business that possesses or is seeking formal accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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