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2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research

Announcing the winners

Logo: EFMD.Emerald Publishing was founded in 1967 to champion new ideas that would advance the research and practice of business and management. Today, we continue to nurture fresh thinking in applied fields where we feel we can make a real difference and seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.


“Together with Emerald, we are proud to support doctoral graduates in their efforts to make a difference in society and have their contribution to knowledge appreciated by an international audience. Since we launched the awards in 2003, there has been an impressive response to the competition, with the number of submissions reaching nearly 300 in this edition", commented prof. Eric Cornuel, President of EFMD.
"EFMD is delighted to see that the relevant and impactful research is being recognised and would like to warmly congratulate to all the winners as well as the authors of the highly-commended research papers for their awards”, he added.
prof. Eric Cornuel, President of EFMD

“We are delighted to have attracted such great work by authors from all over the world and have been impressed to see that real world impact continues to be a strong theme among the submissions, supporting Emerald’s support for meaningful, real world impact in research.
“We recognise the hard work each author contributes to their research papers and would like to thank everyone for submitting and congratulate this year’s winners.”
Tony Roche, Publishing & Strategic Relations Director


Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,000 (or currency equivalent), a certificate and a winners' logo to attach to correspondence. In addition, a number of Highly Commended Awards will be bestowed with a certificate and an award winners' logo for use on correspondence.

This year applicants submitted to one of the ten categories below.

Operations and Production Management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Dr Stanley Frederick Lim
Arizona State University
PhD obtained at: University of Cambridge

Thesis Title: Examining last-mile distribution networks in e-commerce omnichannel retailing: A supply network configuration approach
Supervisor: Jagjit Singh Srai

Highly Commended

Dr Maricela Connie Arellano Caro
ETH Zurich
PhD obtained at: HEC Montréal

An institutional and socio-cognitive view of the adoption of operational practices in production sites
Supervisor: Silvia Ponce

Dr Amy Benstead
University of Manchester
PhD obtained at: Lancaster University

Thesis Title: Research: Reshoring and Modern Slavery in the supply chain: case study evidence and action research in the Textiles and Fashion Industry
Supervisor: Linda Hendry

Dr Yamini S
Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli
PhD obtained at: Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Thesis Title: Determination and impact of the behavioural biases of a worker on the execution of a task
Supervisor: Dr Rahul R. Marathe

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Category sponsored by: International Journal of Logistics Management


Dr Vincent Castillo
Ohio State University
PhD obtained at: University of Tennessee

Thesis Title: An Inquiry into the Supply Chain Strategy Implications of the Sharing Economy for Last Mile Logistics
Supervisor: Dr Diane Mollenkopf and Dr John Bell

Highly Commended

Dr Seongtae Kim
Aalto University School of Business
PhD obtained at: University of Hull

Thesis Title: The impact of ethical sourcing on financial performance: An event study analysis
Supervisor: Claudia Colicchia

Educational Leadership and Strategy

Category sponsored by: Journal of Educational Administration


Dr Sherry Ganon-Shilon
Bar-Ilan University
Thesis Title: Exploring School Principals’ Sense-Making of Their Leadership Role within the National Reform “Courage to Change”
Supervisor: Prof. Chen Schechter
I am deeply honored to receive the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This prestigious award represents a valuable milestone in the development of my academic career and strengthens the core values which I believe in, hard work, innovation, creativity and mostly in the passion I have for my work. Understanding how school principals shape reform implementation from within through a sense-making lens means leveraging voices of local policy makers within the field of educational leadership and policy. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Prof. Chen Schechter, my doctoral advisor, from the program of Leadership, Organizational Development, and Policy in Education at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. I would like to thank Emerald Group Publishing Limited and European Foundation for Management Development for establishing this award to support global research that bridges the gap between reform policies and school practices.

Highly Commended

Dr Sujay Nair
University of Melbourne
Thesis Title: 3 essays: 1. Hiring professional contract workers: does the control environment matter? 2. Leniency bias and organizational performance. 3. The role of reward systems in building relational contracts
Supervisor: Margaret Abernethy

Management and Governance

Category sponsored by: Management Decision


Ms Irina Atkova
University of Oulu
Thesis Title: From opportunity to business model—an entrepreneurial action perspective
Supervisor: Petri Ahokangas

Highly Commended

Dr Ibrahim Alhassan
Saudi Electronic University
PhD obtained at: University College of Cork

Thesis Title: Critical Success Factors for Data Governance: A Theory-Building Approach
Supervisor: Prof. David Sammon

Dr Tatiana Beliaeva
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT
Thesis Title: Complementarity and contextualization of firm-level strategic orientations
Supervisors: Professor Paavo Ritala and Professor Galina Shirokova
"I am deeply honoured to receive the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Management and Governance category. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emerald/EFMD and the editorial team of Management Decision for this prestigious award and international recognition, my supervisors Prof. Paavo Ritala and Prof. Galina Shirokova for their guidance and encouragement, and the pre-examiners and the opponent for improving the quality of the research. I hope this research will inspire future investigations that examine and compare firm strategic orientations."

Dr Anne Fennimore
Florida Atlantic University
Thesis Title: Rethinking public service motivation: The role of communal narcissism
Supervisor: Dr Arthur Sementelli
"I am honored to receive this prestigious award for my dissertation in the category of Management and Governance and wish to express my gratitude to Emerald Publishing, EFMD, and the Management Decision Journal. I would also like to thank my dissertation Chair, Dr. Arthur Sementelli, and my committee at Florida Atlantic University for their support, guidance, and encouragement of my Ph.D. research."

Dr Anders Kryger
Copenhagen Business School
Thesis Title: Aligning future employee action and corporate strategy in a resource-scarce environment
Supervisor: Maribel Blasco

Human Resource Management

Category sponsored by: Personnel Review


Dr Fotios Mitsakis
Nottingham Trent University
PhD obtained at: University of Strathclyde

Thesis Title: Strategic Human Resource Development Maturity: An Investigation into Greek Banks at the time of the Economic Crisis
Supervisor: Professor Colin Lindsay

Leadership and Organization Development

Category sponsored by: Leadership & Organization Development Journal


Dr Olga Gianzina-Kassotaki
University of Warwick
Thesis Title: Ambidexterity and leadership: A multilevel analysis of the aerospace and defense organizations
Supervisor: Sotirios Paroutis
"I am truly honored to receive this prestigious Emerald/EFMD outstanding doctoral research award in the category of Leadership and Organization Development. I would like to express my gratitude to the editorial team for choosing my work among other studies of equally competent researchers. I am also especially thankful to my supervisor, the University of Warwick, and my family for their help and support. Finally, I would like to thank Emerald and EFMD for their efforts in rewarding and promoting excellence in doctoral research".

Highly Commended

Dr Robert Lundmark
Umeå Univeristy
PhD obtained at: Karolinska Institutet
Thesis Title: Making or breaking organizational interventions: The role of leadership
Supervisor: Susanne Tafvelin

Dr Jess Schulschenk
University of Cape Town
Thesis Title: Effecting strategic change: The work of strategic champions in shaping narrative infrastructure
Supervisor: Prof Ralph Hamann

Health Care Management

Category sponsored by: Journal of Health Organization and Management


Virginia Rosales
HEC Montréal
PhD obtained at: Umeå University

Thesis Title: The interplay of roles and routines: Situating, patterning, and performances in the emergency department
Supervisor: Mattias Jacobsson

Highly Commended

Miss Rossella Onofrio
Politecnico di Milano
Thesis Title: Assessing the Influence of Personal and Organizational Factors on surgeon’s performance: a Human Reliability Analysis (HRA) Approach
Supervisor: Prof. Paolo Trucco
"I am extremely honoured to receive for my doctoral dissertation the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Health Care Management category. I would like to thank Emerald/EFMD and the editorial staff of the Journal of Health Organization and Management. I express my complete gratitude to my precious supervisor Prof. Paolo Trucco, the valuable scholars and friends who supported me along my PhD journey.
I hope it contributes to this urgent priority in healthcare: “To achieve more reliable healthcare systems, the science of improving safety should benefit from sharing data nationally and internationally, in the same way as clinicians share research and innovation about coronary artery disease, melanoma and influenza” (Makary and Daniel, 2016)".

Tourism and Hospitality Management

Category sponsored by: Tourism Review


Mr Haipeng Jin
Sun Yat-sen University
PhD obtained at: James Cook University

Thesis Title: Understanding Chinese tourist shopping in Australia: A social practice perspective
Supervisor: Gianna Moscardo
"It is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank my supervisors Prof Gianna Moscardo and A/Prof Laurie Murphy for their extraordinary guidance and support. My gratitude also goes to Emerald, EFMD, and Tourism Review for recognising my PhD research. This recognition will inspire me to continue doing high-quality research in the future".

Highly Commended

Dr Vanja Bogicevic
The Ohio State University
Thesis Title: Service Preview Using Virtual Reality: Enhancing Hotel Pre-Experience
Supervisor: Jay Kandampully

Dr Jun Gao
Sun Yat-sen University
PhD obtained at: University of Waikato

Thesis Title: Tourism impacts on the border: An ethnographic case study of Daluo on the China-Myanmar border
Supervisor: Prof. Chris Ryan

Mrs Mijana Matosevic Radic
University of Split
Thesis Title: Tourism and the convergence of economic growth in the European Union member states
Supervisor: Prof. Lidija Petrić

Dr Siripan Deesilatham
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
PhD obtained at: Royal Holloway University of Londo
Thesis Title: Wellness Tourism: Determinants of Incremental Enhancement in Tourists’ Quality of Life
Supervisor: Professor Sameer Hosany


Category sponsored by: European Journal of Marketing


Dr Martin Hirche
University of Melbourne
PhD obtained at: University of South Australia

Thesis Title: An empirical analysis of stock-keeping units deviating from the Reibstein-Farris distribution and market share model: the role of product- and distribution-related characteristics
Supervisor: Professor Larry Lockshin

Highly Commended

Dr Rafaela Almeida Cordeiro
Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing
Thesis Title: My family and friends are worth their weight in gold: consumer financial-decision making in the context of Brazil
Supervisor: Mateus Canniatti Ponchio and Nancy Wong
"I am sincerely honored to be a Highly Commended Award winner in the Marketing category. This prestigious award encourages any early career researcher to conduct relevant and rigorous studies. I would like to thank my supervisors, Mateus Ponchio and Nancy Wong, for their guidance, collaboration, and support during my doctorate. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Emerald, EFMD, and the editorial team of the Europeran Journal of Marketing for supporting this competition".

Dr Sara Catalán
University of Zaragoza
Thesis Title: Engaging users through gamification. The role of emotions, motivation, and flow.
Supervisor: Isabel Buil Carrasco

Professor Martin Paul Fritze
University of Cologne
PhD obtained at: University of Rostock

Thesis Title: Sharing Economy and Dematerialization: Essays on the Role of Ownership for Consumer Behavior and Business Models in Service Contexts
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Benkenstein

Dr Simon Hazée
HEC Liège
Thesis Title: Why customers do not participate in the access economy
Supervisor: Yves Van Vaerenbergh and Cécile Delcourt

Dr Laetitia Mimoun
Cass Business School,University of London
PhD obtained at: HEC Paris

Thesis Title: Revisiting Liminality in Consumer Research: Pursuing Liquid Lifestyles in the Marketplace
Supervisor: Tina M Lowrey

Dr Cathy Nguyen
University of South Australia
Thesis Title: Advertising Two Brands: Studying the Effects of Co-advertising on Ad & Brand Memorability
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Armando Maria Corsi

Dr Anwar Sadat Shimul
Curtin University
Thesis Title: Conceptualising Luxury Brand Attachment
Supervisor: Professor Ian Phau
“I am very delighted and honoured to receive the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. I thank the Emerald, EFMD, and EJM editorial team for choosing my research for the award.”

Dr Tobias Otterbring
Aarhus University
PhD obtained at: Karlstad University

Thesis Title: A Shaken Self on Shopping: Consumer Threats and Compensatory Consumption
Supervisor: Per Kristensson


Category sponsored by: Managerial Finance


Mr Thibaut Morillon
University of Missouri
Thesis Title: Three Essays on Mergers and Acquisitions
Supervisor:John Howe

Highly Commended

Professor Seth Hoelscher
PhD obtained at: University of Oklahoma
Missouri State University

Thesis Title: Essays in Corporate Finance and Financial Intermediation
Supervisor: Chitru S. Fernando

Dr Patrick Reichert
PhD obtained at: Université libre de Bruxelles

Thesis Title: Subsidies, Profits and Trade-offs in Social Finance: Applications to Microfinance
Supervisor: Marek Hudon

Dr Xinting Zhen
Saint Michael's College
PhD obtained at: Illinois Institute of Technology

Thesis Title: Three essays in financial institutions and corporate finance
Supervisor: Haizhi Wang

For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.


Lynsey Henshall
Marketing Executive

Previous winners


To be eligible for the awards, the research must address an issue that is of importance to one of the various subject areas listed here.

The 2018 awards were open to those who had completed and satisfied examination requirements for a doctoral award, between 15 Jan 2016 and 28 February 2019, and had not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria

The entries were judged by the Editor(s) and at least one Editorial Advisory Board member of the sponsoring journal. Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  1. Significance/implications for theory and practice.
  2. Originality and innovation.
  3. Appropriateness and application of the methodology.
  4. Quality of data/research.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. Winners will be required to submit an unpublished paper, sole- or joint-authored, derived from the research, within six months of winning the Award. The Editors reserve the right not to select a winning paper if, in their judgment, none of the entries is considered satisfactory.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will not receive any feedback.