Kent State's College of Business Administration Recognizes Doctoral Candidate Research

By: Kent state College of Business Administration
KENT, Ohio - May 12, 2015 - PRLog -- Two College of Business Administration doctoral candidates, Yertai Tanai and Kostas Alexiou were winners of the 2015 Dean’s Best Paper Award competition for current doctoral students May 1.

Tanai, management and information systems Ph.D. student came in first place with an award of $750 for his paper, “Reducing the Cost of Untimely Supply Chain Delivery Performance for Asymmetric Laplace Distributed Delivery.”

Tanai’s research interests include supply chain management, productions and operations management, close-loop supply chain, value-added recovery, pricing management, product returns and third party reverse logistics. His models include statistical, stochastic and mathematical optimizations as well as simulations.

“I am grateful to earn the Dean’s Best Paper Award,” Tanai said. “The quality education I have received through Kent State’s program and from my mentors has led me to this award. The College of Business Administration continues to advance its academic and research excellence domestically and globally, and I’m honored to play a part in it.”

Alexiou, second year marketing and entrepreneurship Ph.D. student was runner-up with an award of $500 for his paper, “Societal Outcomes of Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: An Empirical Assessment of Social Value Creation.”

Alexiou's research deals primarily with entrepreneurship; particularly social entrepreneurship and the legitimation of new hybrid organizations. Originally from Hudson, Ohio, Kostas attended Ohio University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He started his first business as an undergraduate, which eventually led him to earn his Master in Business Administration from the University of Denver, ultimately returning to Ohio in 2013 to pursue his Ph.D. at Kent State University.

The papers submitted by College of Business Administration Ph.D. students were judged by a panel comprised of the faculty members across the five departments.

“The Annual Dean's Best Paper Award provides a formal avenue for our PhD students to display their innovative research as they progress in the program,” said Program Director Pratim Data, Ph.D. “It serves as a great acid-test for the students planning to present and publish their research in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals. Taken together, the Dean's Best Paper Award hones our students' ability to be competitive and exhibit their ‘Excellence in Action.’”

For more information about the College of Business Administration’s Ph.D. program, visit


Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The College of Business Administration is home to 4,502 students; the second largest college of business in Ohio. The college boasts a satellite office at Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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