September 15, 2011

SUNY Empire State College MBA Chairman Receives Two Awards From the Academy of Management During Recent Conference

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(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 1, 2011) – Alan Belasen, chairman of the MBA program for State University of New York Empire State College, received two awards during the Academy of Management annual conference, “West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending,” in San Antonio, Texas,  August 12 - 16. The Outstanding Reviewer Award and the Management Education and Development Award were both bestowed on Belasen during the awards ceremony. The first award was his fourth recognition in the last 10 years. The second award was received by the committee members who reviewed, selected and voted for the best Academy of Management, Management Education and Development papers.

“Dr. Belasen’s scholarly track record is a point of pride for the School for Graduate Studies,” said School of Graduate Studies Dean Robert Clougherty. “His work is academically outstanding and reflects the quality of the program he leads.”

“Participation in the Academy of Management annual meetings is professionally rewarding and intellectually stimulating. You feel connected to the field and to colleagues from all over the world  through collaboration and engagement  in the advancement of  knowledge and enrichment of learning,” said Belasen.

Alan Belasen Belasen also just had his empirical research with Nancy Frank, titled, “Using the Competing Values Framework to Evaluate the Effects of Gender and Personality Traits on Women’s Leadership,” accepted for publication by the International Journal of Leadership Studies. It is slated for publication in the spring.

Belasen holds degrees from Hebrew University, Israel, and the State University of New York at Albany.  For more than 15 years, Belasen has been involved in designing and implementing leadership development and executive education programs in the U.S. and abroad. Currently he is the chairman of the MBA program at SUNY Empire State College where he also is leading the development of a new MBA in Global Leadership.

Belasen was the founding editor of Management Development Forum, a peer-review international journal focusing on HR competencies and leadership development. He is an active reviewer for journals such as Journal of Health Administration and Education; Journal of Managerial Psychology; Atlantic Journal of Communication; International Journal of Leadership and Organizational Development; International Journal of Corporate Communication; Journal of Management Education; Management Communication Quarterly and Group & Organization Management.

Belasen’s books include, “Leading the Learning Organization: Communication and Competencies for Managing Change (SUNY Press, 2000); “The Theory and Practice of Corporate Communication: A Competing Values Perspective” (Sage, 2008); and, “Developing Women Leaders in Corporate America: Balancing Competing Demands, Transcending Traditional Boundaries” (Praeger, 2011, forthcoming).

Besides the Academy of Management, Belasen is a member of such organizations as the Association for Business Communication; Association of University Programs in Health Administration; American Society for Public Administration; and the Society of Human Resource Management.

About the Academy of Management

The Academy of Management is a leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations.

Founded in 1936 by two professors, the Academy of Management is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world. Today, the academy is the professional home for 19,549 members from 110 nations.

About SUNY Empire State College
SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, and more.

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