The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global industries, related long-term costs and the “new normal” are all up for discussion in University of Phoenix’s latest issue of the “Phoenix Scholar™ academic research journal. Released by the University’s College of Doctoral Studies, this 13th edition of the periodical for research and scholarship assesses the post-pandemic landscape of worldwide industries to bring insights to scholars, students and business leaders.

Championing Leading Doctoral Research

University of Phoenix’s Office of Scholarship Support releases the biannual “Phoenix Scholar™” publication every May and November in conjunction with the College of Doctoral Studies. The journal acts as a dynamic scholarly platform that communicates the results and outcomes of leading research endeavors by the University’s faculty, students and alumni.

Thanks to its robust culture of evidence-based research, the University hopes the valuable information from educational conceptual pieces, best classroom or business practices and cutting-edge research project summaries will illuminate the broader scope of business, learning and scholarship for interested parties. In addition, the academic journal features new and original editorial content that speaks to the immediate issues of today’s world.

The latest issue of “Phoenix Scholar™” covers a variety of subjects on the theme of leadership in commerce, communications and education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the introduction to the journal, chair of the Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research (CLSOR) and editor of “Phoenix Scholar™” Rodney Luster, Ph.D., acknowledged the turbulence of the current global situation and the repercussions of “living in a VUCA world.

VUCA, an acronym for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, is a concept derived from classical leadership theories inspired by works by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus. Most recently, social, political and economic commentators have used the term to describe the “rapid onset of turbulent environments, such as those that took place during the COVID-19 pandemic and the residual effects on businesses.”

Luster listed business closures, social unrest and the great resignation as indicators of this VUCA environment, alongside an increase in discussions on work-life balance, mental health issues, and the burden of stressors on employees.

University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies

University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies tackles the pressing challenges facing businesses and organizations today. Notable areas of research include critical social issues and solutions to fast-track community building and industry growth.

The College’s research program offers doctoral degree students access to a network of expert thinkers, resources and tools that can help them accelerate their professional development, preparing them for futures as leaders in their organizations, industries and communities. Through this program, current students and researchers collaborate with external organizations to find beneficial outcomes and create better educational and workplace cultures for all.

Three of the University’s College of Doctoral Studies research centers contribute to the “Phoenix Scholar™.” These centers include the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR), the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR), and Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research (CLSOR).

As one of the world leaders in online education, University of Phoenix is leveraging its research in the key areas that these centers explore to find practical, real-world solutions that can enhance student outcomes, improve communities and help students, alumni and faculty fulfill their career aspirations.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Commerce and Education

This latest issue of “Phoenix Scholar™” outlines upcoming events and workshops at the College of Doctoral Studies and includes an interview with a college alum and CLSOR Fellow Alana Morales on the importance of lifelong education, especially in light of the new difficulties for students and faculty presented by COVID-19.

Other pieces available to read in the 13th edition of the journal include:

  • “Rethinking Supply Chain in the Wake of Uncertainty,” by Bobbie J. Murray, Ph.D.
  • “Commerce Recovery and Resiliency After Uncertainty and Pandemonium,” by Elvire Daniels, Ph.D.
  • “Digital Communication and Entrepreneurship in the Wake of the New Normal,” by Gwendolyn Avington, DHA
  • “Political Economy of Climate Stabilization: Implementation of Equimarginal Principle,” by Omer Pamukcu, Ph.D.
  • “Reconnecting with Self and Outside Activities Add to Career Enjoyment, Happiness Levels,” by Erik Bean, Ed.D.
  • “Social and Economic Adjustments During the Pandemic,” by Yumiko S. Yamada-Yuge, DM
  • “Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Ethics Post Covid-19,” by Andrew L. Maus, DBA

Luster explained that due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s drastic impact on our world and its economy, the journal’s editorial team thought it necessary and timely to invite contributors to share business-related research, highlighting changes through the lens of industry. According to Luster, the issue is “full of thought-provoking ideas that take us into the realm of possibilities in a time where business is challenged more than ever.” He added that gathering research and insights like this is especially critical while “employees rethink their own motivations and desires for continuing or reshaping their career goals.”

Read the latest issue of the Phoenix Scholar™

About University of Phoenix

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