UNCP business professor wins award


A paper co-authored by UNC Pembroke business professor Dr. Eric Dent won theManagement Consulting Division Award for Outstanding Research-Based Paper on Management Consultingby the Academy of Management.

Eric DentThe paper was submitted prior to the Academy’s 2010 annual meeting in Montreal, and Dr. Dent accepted the award on August 9 during the division business session.

The Academy of Management (AOM) is one of the premiere professional associations for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. The Academy, which is comprised of 25 divisions and interest groups, is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world.

The Academy provides a forum for university management professors and management professionals to present and publish their research and ideas.

Dr. Dent’s paper, “A Work Behavior Analysis of Executive Coaches,”will be published along with other winning research papers in AOM’s proceedings. It was the only winning entry from a North Carolina college or university in 2010 and is believed to be the only winning entry from the state since 2003.

Dr. Dent said the field of executive coaching is a rich research area.

“My co-author, Dr. Glenn Newsom, and I were able to do some seminal research in the rapidly growing field of executive coaching,” Dr. Dent said. “This research shines a light on questions such as, ‘Do coaches with counseling backgrounds perform the same services as those with business backgrounds?’ and ‘Are there differences in the way coaches work based on demographic variables such as gender and level of education?’

“It is a great honor for us to receive this recognition from the Academy of Management,” he said. “It is also important for UNCP because it is an acknowledgment that there is high-level scholarship happening in many places on our campus, not just at the large research universities.”

A psychologist and counselor, Dr. Newsom owns a management consulting firm, Glenn Newsom & Associates, L.L.C., located in North Carolina’s Triad region.   Their study, which surveyed 130 executive coaches, has three primary purposes:

  • It establishes and introduces the Executive Coaching Work Behavior Survey and takes the initial steps in validating this instrument.  
  • It explores the frequency of specific work behaviors that executive coaches use in their client interactions.
  • It examines the variability in these behaviors based on demographic factors.

Dr. Dent teaches in the Management, Marketing and International Business Department of the School of Business and can be reached at 910.521.6259 or by e-mail at eric.dent@uncp.edu.