COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Faces of the DBA Program
Ruizhu “Rachel” Dai
Ruizhu “Rachel” Dai is a first-year DBA Management student. She received her Bachelor from China Northwest University of Political Science & Law in Journalism major and MBA Accounting concentration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She has worked in technology companies and international investing companies for eight years as a corporate culture specialist and HR manager. Her research interests include corporate governance, corporate culture, corporate social responsibilities, human resource management, and organizational behavior. In her spare time, she likes oil painting, watercolor painting, jogging, reading novels, traveling and visiting museums to experience different cultures.
“If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.” – Saint Augustine of Hippo
Ashley Fournet is a first year Management doctoral student. Her concentration is Organizational Behavior with minors in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Quantitative Analysis. Her research interests include Personality, Leadership, and Organizational Culture. She earned her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2011 and her Master of Business Administration from University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2018. Since 2011, Ashley has worked in various industry roles leaving her with unique experiences and many research ideas. Apart from academia, Ashley enjoys playing various sports, traveling, spending time with her family, and pursuing adventures with her dog, Reggie.
“To lead is to serve. Knowledge is power. Power is a forward motion.” – Janine Neck
Ruiyang Ma is a first-year DBA Management student. Her research interests include financial and non-financial discourse, integrated report and corporate social responsibility. Ruiyang has a Master’s degree in Accounting from California State University Fullerton and a Bachelor of Management Science from South China University of Technology. Ruiyang’s previous work experience includes working as an auditor for a Chinese CPA firm and as an account for a wholesale electronics company.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
Elizabeth Ragland is a first year DBA student concentrating in Management and minoring in Economics and Quantitative Analysis. Her research interests include sustainability management, calculated risk taking, and corporate strategy. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and has ten years of experience working in the surplus lines insurance marketplace. In addition to being a doctoral student, she is a full time instructor of Risk Management and Insurance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Outside of school and work, Elizabeth enjoys gardening, cooking, and working out at the gym.
Louis Zmich is a second-year marketing doctoral student, minoring in psychology, and is the current President of the Doctor of Business Administration Association (DBAA). He received his BS in Marketing and Masters in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University (NIU). While attending NIU, he was the Marketing and Social Media Intern for the College of Business for three years, and he was an intern at Apex Energy Solutions as a Junior Sales Partner for one year. His research interests comprise three broad categories: (1) the evolution of sales with respect to technology, (2) bottom of the pyramid marketing, and (3) the salesperson–dyadic (didactic) customer relationship. Apart from academia, Louis is passionate about physical forms of art such as, cassettes, film photography, painting, and home-brewing. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling the world and experiencing new cultures.
“It is not the critic who counts. … The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat” – Theodore Roosevelt
Breanne A. Mertz
Breanne A. Mertz is a second-year DBA Marketing student. She currently serves as photographer for the DBA Association. Her research interests include sales force effectiveness, ethical decision making, corporate social responsibility, and macro-marketing issues effecting the workplace. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Louisiana Tech University. Breanne’s previous work experience is in the field of higher education where she worked as the Admissions Specialist for the College of Business. Outside of school, Breanne is a freelance photographer who enjoys meeting new people and capturing the world around her. She enjoys traveling, embarking on adventures, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Cameron Sumlin is an avid reader, learner, and entrepreneur who is pursuing a DBA in marketing, currently he is in the second year of the doctoral program. He currently serves as Treasurer and Secretary of the DBA Association. His academic accomplishments include earning a Bachelor of Science degree in management and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in supply chain management. Cameron has a wealth of job experience, including logistics, sales, and management. His research interests include sales, workplace deviance, and sustainability. His passions consist of spending time with family, keeping track of the stock market, and watching Dave Ramsey. As a Louisiana native, Cameron is excited to embark on this journey in pursuit of the DBA while also embracing the community at Louisiana Tech University.
“Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do” – John C. Maxwell
“The doctoral program is both rewarding and challenging. The faculty care and are easy to approach with questions. My success depends on me.”
“Everything is just a test for a testimony.”
Grant Clary is a second-year doctoral student concentrating in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Marketing and Quantitative Analysis. He currently serves as Vice President of the DBA Association. His research interests include motivations for information disclosure on social media, hedonic adaptions/hedonic treadmill in the presence of social media, and outcomes from uncertainty-orientated individuals. Moreover, he is currently preparing to present his research at academic conferences in regards to his interests in generational differences, the effect of telework on well-being, and cybersecurity skills desired by employers. In addition to being the vice-president of the Doctor of Business Administration Association, Grant is also a graduate senator for the Student Government Association and member of the Graduate Council Committee. Grant graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. While completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as a real estate agent in Ruston. Apart from academia, Grant enjoys running, cycling, fishing, and spending time doing other various activities outdoors.
“See your possibilities, not your limitations” – Craig Van Slyke
Bao Duong is a second year DBA student majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Quantitative Analysis and Management. His research interests include mobile customer analytics, social networks, information technology security, decision analysis and technology entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the DBA program, he worked in advisory and financial services for 5 years in diverse disciplines, including management training, market research, and legal and financial due diligence. He holds a Bachelor of Science in General Business from Troy University and an MBA with a specialization in Data Analytics and International Business from Missouri State University. He also holds a leadership certificate from Dale Carnegie Training Institute and an alumni member of business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. In his spare time, Bao enjoys spending time with family, reading self growth books, learning new computer programming languages, playing tennis, and connecting with business and technology like-minded people.
Mohamed Tazkarji is a second year doctoral student majoring in computer information system (CIS) and minoring quantitative analysis and management. His research interests are in studying the effects of culture on systems performance. He holds an MBA from Columbia Siuthern University. He has over ten years of working experience across various functions, some of which are managing commercial departments and setting marketing plans on both national and regional levels. He has also worked as a marketing manager for Bahrain Airlines and as a marketing consultant for the Arab region for Alfayhaa Holding. He has a second degree blackbelt in kickboxing.
“Most people fail in science because they talk themselves out of doing the experiment. Ideas are a dime a dozen. What makes the difference is the execution of the idea.” — Craig Venter
Abdulah Bajaba is a third-year DBA student majoring in management and minoring in psychology and quantitative analysis. His research interests include proactive personality, constructive/destructive deviance, and burnout. Moreover, he is interested in how different leadership styles might affect followers’ behaviors and states at the workplace. He graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Art degree in psychology while minoring in business administration. He worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the field of psychology during his time at Boston University. Apart from academia, Abdulah is passionate about competitive gaming. Currently he is serving as the President of the DBA Association.
“The secret to success as a doctoral student is achieved through two things. First, do what you love to do. Find what makes you curious, what intellectually stimulates you, and you will never work a single day. Second, establish a routine and stick to it. Always remember that it is a marathon, not a race.”
Bao Hoang is a third-year doctoral student in Management. His concentration is Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. His minors are Quantitative Analysis and Econometrics. His research looks at the factors influencing the innovative behaviors of young firms. Specifically, he looks at the founders, founding team, founding CEOs, founding executives, and their characteristics such as entrepreneurial experience, network centrality, immigration status, and founder dilemma. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Vietnam National University. Before joining the doctoral program, Bao obtained several years of experience working in small businesses and family-owned businesses. In his spare time, Bao enjoys playing the guitar and working out at the gym. He is a member of Southern Management Association and Academy of Management.
“As doctoral students, our success is measured by high academic achievement. However, saying hi to a faculty member, helping a colleague, congratulating a friend, or smiling at a student, is another big success.”
Koushikee Dutta is a third year doctoral student in management with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship and she is minoring in econometrics and quantitative analysis. Her research interests include entrepreneurial characteristics, entrepreneurial innovation, social entrepreneurship, emerging markets and corporate Strategy. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (India) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Calcutta University (India). She has worked in India and Singapore as a Human Resource Business Partner in startups across education, retail and e-commerce industries. She is an avid reader and a horror movie buff. She also has a keen interest to learn about new cultures, folklore and languages.
“Nothing worth having comes easy. Work hard and make it happen.”
Rajiv Dahiya is a third year doctoral student majoring in management and minoring in computer information systems and quantitative analysis. His research interests include impacts of business intelligence on competitive advantage, resource based view, and absorptive capacity of firms. He has over 10 years’ experience working with leading IT consultancies in technical and business profiles including design and development of e-commerce systems. He holds a Master in CIS from University of Houston-CL He is also a certified Oracle Professional in SQL and PL/SQL development. Rajiv is a regular Yoga enthusiast.
“The Doctoral program is a unique opportunity to develop your research areas.”
James Chien is a third year DBA student concentrating in finance and minoring in quantitative analysis. His research interests include mergers and acquisitions as well as the effect of investor behavioral bias on shareholder returns. He holds a MBA from the Florida State University and a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Florida State University. Outside of school, James enjoys the outdoors and appreciates any opportunities to learn about other cultures. In the past, James enjoyed working with children by teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Prior to attending Louisiana Tech University, he worked in the field of audit.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
Qing (Jimmy) Yang is a third year DBA student in Finance and minoring in economics and quantitative analysis. His research interests are corporate finance and investment. He holds a Master of Accountancy from Louisiana Tech University. Jimmy’s previous work experience includes working in the office of admissions as an administrative assistant of China University of Petroleum-Beijing and providing support for students of the class of 2012-2014. He also worked in Beijing Sunshine Philharmonic Orchestra as a violinist in First Violins for three years. Outside of school, Jimmy likes football and supports the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs for over 4 years. He also teaches Violin for kids in Ruston.
“I feel excited about sharing ideas with classmates together and discussing questions with professors. Tech provides me the best environment to pursue my research goal without fear.”