Portraits of Drs. Kristi Bockorny and Theresa Giannavola

Pictured: Bockorny, left, and Giannavola, right


ABERDEEN, S.D. Two Northern State University School of Business faculty members have received a top award at a recent national conference.


Drs. Kristi Bockorny and Theresa Giannavola won a Best Paper Award at the Academy of Business Research Conference, held Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas. They received the award for their paper, titled, “Gratitude, Psychological Capital, Intent to Stay, and Satisfaction with Life: Toward a Conceptual Model.”


In their paper, Bockorny and Giannavola propose that gratitude will positively impact an employee’s psychological capital, intent to stay and satisfaction with life. There is a lack of research regarding gratitude in the workplace, according to the project abstract; benefits of gratitude could carry into various workplaces and possibly impact organizational culture, job satisfaction and productivity.


Bockorny is Associate Professor of Management and NSU Honors Program Director. Giannavola is Assistant Professor of Banking and Financial Services at Northern.


This research is part of their overall study that was funded with the Sanford Faculty Professional Development Award, which they won in spring 2022.


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