Yale School of Management

Prof. Julia DiBenigno Wins Dissertation Award from Journal of Management Studies

Julia DiBenigno, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM, is the winner of the Journal of Management Studies’ 2017 Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award.

This international award, which was presented at the annual meeting of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) last week, “aims to promote and recognize innovative PhD research in management and organization studies,” according to the journal’s website. “[I]ts primary focus is to recognize and award doctoral research that is expansive and imaginative in that it covers significantly new terrain or counters existing thinking within management and organisational research.”

DiBenigno received her PhD in work and organization studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2016. Her PhD research examined how U.S. Army combat brigades addressed conflict between training soldiers for war and supporting their mental health. The resulting paper is forthcoming in Administrative Science Quarterly.

The McClelland Award includes a £5,000 prize, which DiBenigno plans to donate in part to an organization supporting veterans, in honor of the subjects of her study.

DiBenigno said she was very grateful for the award and recognition of her research. “I’m humbled and honored to receive this award and to have my research recognized on an international stage in this way. I hope it will help draw attention to the important issue of effectively providing mental healthcare to U.S. soldiers.”