Associate Professor of Management and MBA Director
Dr. Luke Cashen is currently the Director of Graduate Programs in Business and an Associate Professor of Management in the Management, Marketing, and Business Administration Department in the College of Business at Nicholls State University. He has been employed by the University since August of 2004. Luke’s primary teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate capstone business courses in strategic management, as well courses in multinational management and human relations. His teaching and service to his students have earned him the 2010 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence, the College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 and 2010, as well as the Apple Award – Contributing to the Success of Graduates in 2007 and 2009.
Luke’s doctoral work was completed in 2005 at LSU in the area of strategic management. Specifically, his dissertation title was “Governance Structures in the Post Asset Restructuring Period: Responses by Boards of Directors and Top Managers to Institutional Pressures”. In addition to his doctoral degree, Luke has a B.S. in Economics and MBA from LSU. His research areas of interest include restructuring, governance, executive compensation, and institutional theory. Luke’s research has appeared in Journal of Managerial Issues, Organizational Research Methods, Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Academy of Strategic Management Journal. Additionally, Luke is active at presenting his research at national and regional conferences, such as the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, Southwest Academy of Management, and Allied Academies.
Luke is actively engaged in service on a variety of levels. He serves as a board member of the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce. At the University level, Luke serves as a Faculty Senator, in addition to serving on the Graduate Council Committee and the Discipline Committee. At the College level, he is the chairperson of the Graduate Program & Instruction Committee and actively recruits for the MBA programs. At the Department level, Luke is actively engaged in student advising and serves as the liaison between the Department and University College.
In addition to his responsibilities of Associate Professor of Management, Luke is the Director of the Graduate Programs in Business. His duties include managing the program’s day-to-day issues, as well as promotion and recruitment for the Executive and Evening MBA programs.
B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Louisiana State University
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