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Social Impact Award 2014


Awards for Excellence

Emerald firmly believes in publishing research which has real-world applications ranging from use in the classroom, contributing to the body of knowledge, research which influences public thinking and policy making, to research which has a direct application to the world of work, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

One of the ways we seek to demonstrate this is by making it more transparent to researchers, readers, and users that we seek to publish research which makes a tangible difference for the good of society.

As a definition, the term "social impact" refers to how our actions affect the social fabric of the community and wellbeing of individuals and families. In light of this we launched the Social Impact Award in 2010.

The shortlist and winning paper was judged and chosen by a panel of experts from the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), the largest community of businesses and business schools/learning institutions uniquely focused on developing a "new" generation of globally responsible leaders. The winning paper is:

Project temporalities: how frogs can become stakeholders
International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.69 - 87, 2013
Image: Kjell TryggestadImage: Lise JustesenImage: Jan Mouritsen
Kjell Tryggestad, Lise Justesen and Jan Mouritsen

Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark

Image: frogWe feel very honored to receive the 2014 Social Impact Award. The award can hopefully also help us to convey the paper's key message and findings to a wider audience: the key question is how animals can become stakeholders. By addressing this empirical question within the context of a large commercial building and construction project, the paper shows how novel management technologies supplemented and challenged conventional linear notions of project progress and time scheduling and helped constitute the frogs on the construction site as legitimate actors and stakeholders to be taken into account. In terms of implications we hope that our findings will encourage both research and practice to further explore animals as stakeholders. As suggested the global construction business is a strategic site for further exploration since its project activities on the ground are invariably implicated in transforming the physical environment of animals and other living species. Indeed, we think there is a multitude of business settings and projects that is both strategic and urgent to explore from an animal-as-stakeholder perspective.
(Kjell Tryggestad, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark)