PhD Thesis PhotoThe International Society for Performance Improvement is proud to honor excellence in student research through our Distinguished Dissertation Awards. The initiative is funded by the Society’s Research Committee. In addition to a monetary honorarium, recipients are asked to submit a manuscript based on their dissertation for consideration in Performance Improvement Quarterly and encouraged to submit a proposal to for ISPI’s annual conference.

First Place
Change Capacity as a Determinant of Sustainable ROI Implementation in Human Resource Development Practice
Holly J. Burkett, CPT, PhD, SPHR
Faculty Co-Sponsors: Patti Phillips, PhD, and Cyndi Gaudet, PhD
The University of Southern Mississippi

Second Place
A Study of Performance Support for Higher Education Faculty Teaching Web-based Courses
Robert W. Lion, PhD
Faculty Sponsor: John Klocinski, PhD
Capella University

Third Place
An Examination of Supervisory Support as a Factor Affecting Training Transfer in a Sales Organization
Michael L. Patterson, EdD
Faculty Sponsor: Mark Allen, PhD
Pepperdine University