Jamie R. Hendry, of Lewisburg, Pa., won the Best Dissertation Award given by the Academy of Management's Social Issues in Management Division. Hendry, who received her Ph.D. in management from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business in May 2002, is an assistant professor at Bucknell University.

Her dissertation, titled, "Environmental NGOs and Business: A Grounded Theory of Assessment, Targeting, and Influencing," examines the ways in which environmental nongovernmental organizations assess the environmental performance of businesses, select particular businesses to target, and attempt to influence them regarding actions that affect the natural environment.

Hendry's dissertation committee was chaired by Pamplin College management professor and department head Richard E. Wokutch and retired associate professor of management Carroll U. Stephens; Wanda J. Smith, associate professor of management, also served on the committee.

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