DBA Student/Professor Articles Win National Awards

Two articles co-authored by University of Scranton Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) candidates and professors of accounting were awarded prestigious Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Silver and Bronze medals for 2020. Scranton’s accounting faculty have been awarded more Lybrand Medals in the past decade than any other institution in the nation, previously winning four Lybrand medals, including two gold medals.

The 2020 Lybrand Silver Medal was awarded for the article “SEC Whistleblower Program Continues to Expand,” co-authored by DBA candidate Daniel J. Gaydon and Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., chair of the Accounting Department at Scranton.

The 2020 Lybrand Bronze Medal was awarded for the article “Goodwill Accounting: The Matter of Serial Non-Impairment,” co-authored by DBA candidate Marcus Burke, Dr. Boyle, and Daniel P. Mahoney, Ph.D., professor of accounting at Scranton.

The Lybrand Competition considers for awards 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.

“As a longtime reader of Strategic Finance and Management Accounting Quarterly, I’m so honored to receive this recognition,” said Gaydon. “I’m grateful to work with Dr. Boyle on this article as well as a number of other articles over the last few years. The DBA program at The University of Scranton allows me the opportunity to work with top-notch faculty and global scholars through my dissertation committee.”

“Dr. Boyle and Dr. Mahoney provided a wealth of knowledge, which helped me to develop meaningful research ideas and greatly assisted in guiding me through the academic publishing process. That knowledge and willingness to collaborate is well reflected in the Lybrand award, and I look forward to future research endeavors,” said Burke.

Scranton’s DBA program received international recognition when the prestigious accrediting body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), recognized 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. Boyle serves as director of Scranton’s DBA Program and as the founder and director of the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program.

Gaydon, Plains, is a member of the University’s first cohort of DBA students. During his time at Scranton, he also published with Dr. Boyle “Managing Reputational and Financial Risks Through Internal Whistleblower Programs,” Management Accounting Quarterly (Spring 2020); “Occupational Fraud Trends and Implications,” Internal Auditing (May/June 2020); “SEC Enforcement: Doing More With Less,” Internal Auditing (January/February 2020); and “Penalizing Corruption,” Internal Auditor (December 2018). Gaydon is expected to graduate from the program in the fall of 2020.

Burke of Poughkeepsie, New York, is also a member of the University’s first cohort of DBA students. He is expected to graduate from the program in the fall of 2020.

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 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the Faculty Senate at Scranton in 2019 and has won numerous other awards for teaching and research. 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. 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.

An award-winning teacher and scholar, Dr. Mahoney earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from The University of Scranton as well as a doctorate in accounting from Syracuse University. A Certified Public Accountant, he was named Kania School of Management’s Professor of the Year five times and has won numerous other awards for teaching.

Dr. Mahoney’s research has been published in numerous professional journals, such as The CPA JournalInternal Auditor, Strategic Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly and Journal of Business and Economics Research, Accounting and Financial Management.

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