Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ILA is pleased to partner with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond on the Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award is given annually to a scholar whose doctoral dissertation research, while on any topic and from any discipline, demonstrates substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership. The award was established to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Fredric M. Jablin (1952-2004). Recipients are honored at the Annual ILA Global Conference each year where they present their work in a special session. In addition to expenses to the conference, recipients receive $1,000 and a complimentary ILA membership.

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond endeavors to further scholarship and educate students and others for and about leadership through curricula, events and programs. The International Leadership Association is the global network for all those who practice, study, and teach leadership. The ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.

 Congratulations to Philip O’Donnell, Winner of the 2020 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award!

Learn more about his research by attending his session on Saturday, 7 November from 7:30 to 8:45 EST. in Meeting Room 207

Philip O’Donnell

Philip O’Donnell is currently an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Dublin City University Business School in Ireland. He was awarded his PhD by that same school in 2020. His doctoral research focused on entrepreneurship in resource-deprived settings. Much of his research to-date has centered on the Developing World, Africa in particular, and it has covered topics such as livelihood strategies, economic informality, and social capital. He also has active research interests in the area of family business, and has been involved with the National Centre for Family Business at DCU since 2014. His professional background is in Banking and Finance and I lecture primarily in Entrepreneurship.




Dissertation title: Entrepreneurship, Identity, and their Overlap in the Slum: An Ethnographic Study of the Mukuru Slum in Nairobi, Kenya

About his research: The main focus of Philip's research to-date has been entrepreneurship in contexts of severe marginalization and poverty, encompassing the themes of necessity entrepreneurship, informal entrepreneurship, and community-based or collective entrepreneurship. His doctoral research was built around an ethnographic study of entrepreneurship in an informal, or 'slum', community in Nairobi, Kenya. The study drew on theories of identity to explore how the immense precarity that characterized the livelihoods of the slum's extraordinary number of micro-entrepreneurs was - and, indeed, was not - alleviated by their embeddedness in this community. During his doctoral studies, Philip was a visiting scholar at the University of Nairobi and at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Philip also has research interests in the area of family business, and has been affiliated with the National Centre for Family Business at Dublin City University since 2014.

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