New McDonough School of Business Faculty Member Debora Thompson Receives Doctoral Dissertation Award

July 17, 2006

Cynthia S. Shaw
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New McDonough School of Business Faculty Member Debora Thompson Receives Doctoral Dissertation Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Professor Debora Viana Thompson received the John A. Howard AMA Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award will be presented at the annual Summer Educator's Conference Luncheon in August. Award recipients are selected based on dissertations presented at the annual Marketing Educators Conference that "represent the dynamic, ever-advancing character of marketing knowledge and serve as a stimulus for study and teaching."

The winning dissertation, titled "Feature Fatigue: Examining the Effects of Product Capability and Usability on Choice and Consumption," investigates the impact that complicated technological features on products have on consumers and their buying nature. Too many features overwhelms a consumer, creating what Thompson calls 'feature fatigue' and ultimately effects the consumption and production process.

Thompson was previously a PhD Marketing candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park and recently joined the McDonough faculty, where is an assistant professor of marketing.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business
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