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Best Practical Implications Award

Awards for Excellence

This year Emerald has decided to launch a new award for the paper with the best practical implications. Emerald has always held to the philosophy that research in the area of business and management should have relevance for practitioners founded in rigorous academic research. The AACSB’s 2008 Impact of Research states, "schools be required to demonstrate the value of their faculties’ research not simply by listing its citations in journals, but by demonstrating the impact it has in the workaday world.

The criteria for selection were as follows:


  • That the article be published in the preceding year
  • That there is a clear application for the research
  • That the article is based on quality and rigorous research
  • That the literature review and references are up to date and complete
  • That the article could easily be adapted for practical use


  • There is a broad application for business
  • That the article has a significant number of downloads from the Emerald website
  • That the paper has been jointly authored between academic and practitioner authors

Based on these criteria, Emerald has chosen three winning papers (these papers are freely available to view until 16 June 2009):

Managing corporate social responsibility: lessons from the oil industry
Communications: An International Journal, Vol 13 No 2, 2008
Terje I. Vaaland and Morten Heide
Department of Business Administration, University of Stavanger,
Stavanger, Norway

Managing human resources for service excellence and cost effectiveness at Singapore Airlines
Managing Service Quality, Vol 18 No 1, 2008
Jochen Wirtz
NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Loizos Heracleous
Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry
Nitin Pangarkar
NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Talent management strategy of employee engagement in Indian ITES employees: key to retention
Employee Relations, Vol 29 No 6, 2008
Jyotsna Bhatnagar
Human Resource Management Area, Management Development Institute, Sukhrali, Gurgaon, India