BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Dr. Joshua Beck, a business professor of West Virginia Wesleyan College, has won Best Paper at the National Association of Business, Economics, and Technology (NABET) conference. 

NABET hosts conferences for faculty of colleges and universities to share their peer-reviewed work and each piece of work is eligible to be published. 

Beck, received a plaque for Best Paper on his “Management and Leaders Understanding Communication Dynamics: The Impact of Internal Communication on Satisfaction, Performance, and Motivation.” His work focuses on internal communication preferences of employees in the workforce and measures the impact on communication preferences to employees. He found that communicating purpose and task assignments were a highly valued desire for employees from their manager of organization. 

He states that, “The respondents indicated that this concept positively impacted motivation, satisfaction, and performance,” and, “I would encourage managers and leaders within organizations or business owners to read the paper and to see if implementing the simple but potentially effective concept is worthwhile.”

Beck was humbled and honored to receive his award.

“I respect the work of my colleagues, and that recognition from them means a lot to me, especially as many of them have incredible research,” he said.  “To get recognized for something I have worked hard at for years is very rewarding and fulfilling.”

Beck’s work will be published in the 2022 NABET conference proceedings.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2022 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.