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Posted 4.19.07

On April 11 and 12, hundreds of scientists and scholars came together for two days of collaboration, creativity, and innovation. From real-world applications to critical insights to creative and intellectual activities, Research ShowCASE highlighted the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research at Case.

Jon Coleman, EDM '08, won a blue ribbon for First Prize Thompson Hine LLP Award at the Research ShowCASE for his poster entitled “They're Making All The Wrong Decisions: Unintended Consequences Of Empowerment Resulting From Individual Situated Cognition.”

Coleman's research identifies how situated cognition impacts strategic decision making in large corporations. Specifically, how qualitative components of strategy deteriorate as they are filtered through an organization. Individuals are empowered to make decisions, but do not have the strategic context in which to make those decisions leading to unintended consequences.

Coleman is in his second year of the Executive Doctor of Management program and is the global representation planner at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. The EDM program is a three year doctoral degree program for the working professional that integrates concept and practice within the context of today's emerging and pressing global issues.

Participation in the EDM program provides unique and substantial value to individuals and organizations. When asked about the impact that the EDM program had on him after two years into the program, Coleman remarked, "Being a part of the EDM program has changed how I think about almost every aspect of my life, whether personal or professional. The challenges over the past two years have honed my critical thinking skills not only to solve problems, but to determine which problems should be solved."

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