Emerald & EFMD outstanding doctoral research awards

International recognition for doctoral research in responsible management.

Award status: Closed
Submission deadline: 23 September 2022
Submit: Online application form

Rewarding doctoral research that addresses the grand challenges

We’re proud to support the global research community through an award programme that recognises exceptional doctoral research that addresses the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality, climate change, peace and justice.

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The last few years have been extraordinary and challenging on a global scale.

We’ve seen unprecedented change and disruption to our lives and the society we live in. There has never been more need for positive change.

This is why we’re pleased to partner with the EFMD to reward the work of doctoral students whose research can create a positive impact on a local and global scale in the area of responsible management.

How does it work?

We champion the work of those who share our goal of contributing to a more ethical, responsible, and sustainable way of working. We’re offering a prize and two runners-up prizes for the best doctoral research from the last three years that addresses areas relating to responsible management.

Submit now if your doctoral research covers any of the following areas that contribute to a more responsible world:

  • Responsible leadership
  • UN SDG-related issues for responsibility
  • Food poverty and security
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • CSR and greenwashing
  • Reducing inequality
  • Responsible and ethical marketing
  • Innovative responsible management
  • Social responsibility
  • Responsible economics
  • Curriculum development in responsible management
  • Responsible management knowledge transfer partnerships

You don’t need to submit your full thesis to enter, but you need to succinctly summarise the most important parts of your research. Entries will be judged by leading scholars working in the field of management.

If you’ve completed your doctorate within the last three years, apply now!

The prize

The winner will receive:

  • A cash prize of £1,000.00
  • A certificate
  • A published interview on the Emerald website
  • An opportunity to work directly with our partners Editage to create a bespoke and engaging research summary

Runners up will receive: a certificate and a published interview on the Emerald website.

Submit your research

To submit your work, you will need to apply online using this application form.

The following documents are required electronically:

  • Research Summary: A paper that summarises your doctoral research in no more than 2,000 words. Please state whether or not your doctoral research has been published and/or will be published in any form (conference paper, article, peer reviewed journal, etc). Please use the Research Summary template.
  • Letter of recommendation/reference from a supervisor/senior faculty member: the letter should state why your supervisor feels that your work is outstanding and what impact it will have. For shortlisted applicants, further contact may be made with the referee.

Submission deadline: 23 September 2022. Entries submitted after this deadline will not be considered for the award.

Submit your research


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

The awards are open to those who have been awarded PhD following completion of viva (thesis defence) and received formal results from your institution’s awards registry between 15 Jan 2019 and 28 February 2022 and have not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

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

Please note that the decision of the judges is final. Unfortunately, due to the large number of submissions, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

Meet our award winners & judging panel

On behalf of EFMD, I would like to warmly congratulate the winner and the two highly commended research authors who scooped the top prizes in the 2021 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. These dissertations set examples of research that fosters responsible management that positively impacts society.

We have been delighted to collaborate with Emerald Publishing to run the Award, whose new focus encourages and recognises excellence in scholarly output that brings a real change to the world.

Prof. Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD Global

The judging panel for 2022

  • Vivek Aggarwal, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, India
  • Adalberto Arrigoni, Leeds Business School, UK
  • Abhishek Behl, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay - India Constantin Blome, University of Sussex, UK
  • Professor James Connelly, School of Law and Politics, University of Hull, UK, UK
  • Fabio Caputo, Univeristà del Salento, Italy
  • Cristina Gimenez, ESADE Business School,Spain
  • Abderrahman Hassi, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
  • Richard Howarth, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Talat Islam, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
  • Zul-Atfi Ismail, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia
  • Professor Wesley J. Johnston, Georgia State University, USA
  • Geraldine Kennett, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Professor Birgit Kleymann, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Patrick Kraus, Hochschule Pforzheim, Germany
  • Henri Kuokkanen, Institut Paul Bocuse, France
  • Henry Kofi Mensah, Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana
  • Professor Lars Moratis, Antwerp Management School, Belgium
  • Professor Fevzi Okumus, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Ammani Pagadala, National Institute of Construction Management and Research, India
  • Brandon Randolph-Seng, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Zahid Riaz, Coventry University, UK
  • Moade Shubita, Leeds Business School, UK
  • Dr Minelle Silva, Excelia, France
  • Reeta Singh, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, India
  • Professor Uthayasankar Sivarajah, University of Bradford, UK
  • Professor Peter Stokes, De Montfort University, UK
  • Kim Lim Tan, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Professor John Thøgersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Martina Topic, Leeds Beckett University, UK
  • Professor Chee Yew Wong, Leeds University Business School, UK
  • Mohammad Zaid, Palestine Technical University (Kadoorie), Palestine

Our 2021 winners


Alfonso Antonio Hernández Vivanco

Dissertation title: Understanding Innovation within the context of the Integration of Management Systems
Institution: University of Barcelona
PhD obtained at: University of Barcelona

'I am thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2021. It really means a lot to me, not only because of the prestigious international recognition that it represents, but also because I hope my work contributes to building a more sustainable society.

I am deeply grateful to Emerald Publishing, EFMD, and the judging panel for choosing to reward my research.

Special thanks to my supervisors Dr. Merce Bernardo and Dr. Claudio Cruz-Cázares of the University of Barcelona for their guidance and support. I also thank Dr. Paulo Sampaio of University of Minho for receiving me in his team for my PhD international stay.'

Highly commended

Amer Jazairy

Dissertation title: Engaging in green logistics: An eye on shippers, logistics service providers, and their interactions
Institution: Texas A&M University
PhD obtained at: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Gävle

'It is a great honour to have my doctoral dissertation recognised as a highly commended winner of the 2021 Emerald and EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the field of Sustainable Supply Chain Management.

I am grateful to my supervisors Prof. Lars Bengtsson, Dr. Robin von Haartman and Dr. Andreas Feldmann for their unwavering support during my doctoral journey.

My appreciation extends to Emerald Publishing and EFMD Global for recognising the contribution of my research to responsible management and sustainable development goals.'

Highly commended

Leandro Nardi

Dissertation title: The Rise of Impact-Oriented Strategies: Value Creation and Socio-Environmental Firm-Level Goals
Institution: HEC Paris
PhD obtained at: Insper Institute of Education and Research

'I am thrilled to receive an award that highlights research contributions to the SDGs!

As a scholar, I hope that interest in nonfinancial performance, social impact and grand societal challenges continues to grow among researchers and practitioners in business and management.

Many thanks to Emerald and EMFD for recognising my work, and to all my mentors and coauthors – particularly my supervisors, professors Sergio Lazzarini and Sandro Cabral – for their guidance and support!'

Meet our 2020 winners

Educational leadership & strategy

Sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Maxwell Ho Chun Sing

Dissertation title: Teachers’ entrepreneurial behavior and its impact in school: Cases studies in Hong Kong
Institution: The Education University of Hong Kong
Doctoral mentor: Dr Darren Anthony Bryant

“My passions, academic excellence mobilize me to apply for this prestigious award. I am honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Thanks to the Journal of Educational Administration generous support. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisors Dr. Darren Bryant and Dr. Lu Jiafang, for the continuous support of my study and related research, for their generosity, motivation, and immense knowledge.

Teacher entrepreneurialism is a new trend in educational leadership study, which can be found in great impact journal in the past few years. I hope that this study serves as one of the spearheads to contribute to future research in teacher entrepreneurialism. Furthermore, this is my responsibility to share my knowledge and practical experience in enabling teacher entrepreneurialism at school. It is a great honor and appreciation that I am the winner of this prestigious award that I will share this award's core value to others in the future”.

Highly commended

Belinda C. Hughes

Dissertation title: An investigation into a Chief Executive Officer of a multi-academy trust in England
Institution: University of Manchester
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Helen Gunter

Florit Yaakov-Firuz

Dissertation title: Mentoring New Principals: Investigating the Models and Stages of Development of the Mentoring Process in the First Two Years of Principals’ Work
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Doctoral mentor: Professor Chen Schechter

“Being a recipient of the 2020 Emerald/EFMD Highly Commended Award in the category of Education and Leadership Strategy is a great honor. I would like to express my gratitude to Emerald Publishing, EFMD, for providing this award as an opportunity to promote my doctoral research. This prestigious award will certainly be a source of motivation and inspiration to me in my research career. Having researched the field of school principal mentoring, which is a crucial factor in the advancement and retention of school principals, I follow the same research path, turning now to the research of mentoring academic gifted students. I am deeply grateful to Prof. Chen Schechter, my doctoral advisor, from the program of Leadership, Organizational Development, and Policy in Education at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Thank you for allowing me to spread my wings on this exciting, wonderful journey”.



Sponsored by Managerial Finance


Stephen Zamore

Dissertation title: Risk Management and Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions
Institution: University of Agder
Doctoral mentors: Roy Mersland and Leif Atle Beisland

"Risk management and efficiency are important in achieving the double-bottom line of social and financial sustainability objectives of microfinance institutions which provide financial services to the poor in society. It is such an honor that my Ph.D. research in this field has been globally recognized and selected by the editorial team of Managerial Finance for the prestigious 2020 Emerald and EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Finance category. I am grateful to Emerald Publishing, EFMD and the entire editorial team of Managerial Finance for the global recognition of my Ph.D. research. This is a great source of motivation not only for me but also for my followers and other young scholars to go higher in the academic ladder. I would like to also express my gratitude to my great advisors, Professor Roy Mersland and Professor Leif Atle Beisland, and the University of Agder for their wonderful guidance and training during my Ph.D. study"

Stephen Zamore

Highly commended

Amira ABID

Dissertation title: Optimal debt, implied rating and implied default probability: a quantitative analysis based on CDS
Institution: University of Sfax
Doctoral mentor: Fathi ABID

Nicu Sprincean

Dissertation title: Business Cycles and Systemic Risk
Institution: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
Doctoral mentor: Alin Marius Andries

Boris Fays

Dissertation title: Efficient Construction of Linear and Nonlinear Equity Risk Strategies
Institution: HEC Liège
Doctoral mentor: Marie Lambert

Ashley Ding

Dissertation title: Environmental Delta: Essays on Energy, Volatility and Climate Change
Institution: University of Queensland
Doctoral mentor: Martina Linnenluecke


Health care management

Sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management  


Lila Petar Vrklevski

Dissertation title: Professional roles and identity in public mental health services: the multifaceted interaction of belonging, attachment, power and activities
Institution: University of Tasmania
Doctoral mentors: Dr Kathy Eljiz and Professor David Greenfield

Lila Petar Vrklevski

Highly commended

Anne Schmitz

Dissertation title: International analysis of the usage intention of virtual doctor appointments: an adaptation of the UTAUT2 theory
Institution: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Doctoral mentors: Ana María Díaz Martín & María Jesús Yagüe Guillén

“I am really honored to receive such a prestigious recognition. This is, without doubt, a great motivation to keep on working and to create impactful and high-quality research.

I would like to express my gratitude to the Editorial Team of the Journal of Health Organization and Management and both my thesis advisors, Ana Díaz Martín and María Jesús Yagüe Guillén.” 

Charlotte Sharp

Dissertation title: Products from healthcare research: designated boundary object to boundary object-in-use
Institution: The University of Manchester
Doctoral mentor: Professor Ruth Boaden

Wouter A Keijser

Dissertation title: Opening Up Medicine: Physicians and Leadership in Times of Transformation
Institution: University of Twente
Doctoral mentor: Prof Dr Celeste Wilderom


Human resource management

Sponsored by Personnel Review


Roxanne Stockwell

Dissertation title: The Experiences and Responses of Business Graduates to Employer Selection Mechanisms: A Case Study
Institution: University of Bath
Doctoral mentor: Professor Rajani Naidoo

Highly commended

Dr. Geetika Malik Chandra

Dissertation title: Organizational Consequences of Human Resource Outsourcing in Indian Organizations
Institution: University of Delhi
Doctoral mentor: Prof. A Venkat Raman

It is truly an honour to be the recipient of Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2020 in the Human Resource Management category.  

"It is quite a feat to receive such recognition at the global level. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Emerald publishing, EFMD & the Editorial board of 'Personnel Review' for providing a platform to recognize the work of budding researchers while giving them a chance to shine globally

"I would like to thank all the faculty members of Faculty of Management Studies (University of Delhi), the management of different organizations, respondents and all others for their direct or indirect contribution in this study. I am especially thankful to my mentor, (my Ph.D. supervisor), Prof. A Venkat Raman who has always been a great source of inspiration and knowledge throughout the course of my research and even now. His unending support and guidance has contributed a lot towards my growth as a Researcher. I consider myself lucky to have him as my mentor.

"I also thank my family for their unconditional support in completing my research endeavour. 

"Last but not least, I Thank God for everything!!!!!! 

I really appreciate Emerald/EFMD for organizing such awards”.

Geetika Malik Chandra
Giverny De Boeck

Dissertation title: The Realization of Potential in the Workplace: An Employer and Employee Perspective
Institution: KU Leuve
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. Nicky Dries

Joey Soehardjojo

Dissertation title: Knowledge and HRM Practice Transfer in Emerging Economies: The Case of Japanese Joint Ventures in Indonesia
Institution: Warwick Business School
Doctoral mentors: Professor Guglielmo Meardi and Nigel Drifield

"I am deeply grateful to the committee for recognizing the quality of my research.

Receiving the Emerald/EFMD Doctoral Research Award is a high honour for me. It is also extremely valuable as it represents international recognition of my work which can lead to wider opportunities for the dissemination of my research as a junior academic.

My doctoral thesis was selected for a best dissertation award in the categories of Labour and Employment Relations (by LERA), International Business (by AIB-UKI) and Human Resource Management (by EFMD)"

Nevena Isaeva

Dissertation title: Trust and distrust in intra-organisational relationships
Institution: University of Birmingham
Doctoral mentor: Mark NK Saunders



Leadership & organisation development

Sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal  


Esme Franken

Dissertation title: Building people up: Leadership and employee resilience
Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Doctoral mentors: Dr Geoff Plimmer, A/Prof Sanna Malinen and A/Prof Jane Bryson

Highly commended

Marcella Hoogeboom

Dissertation title: Micro-behavioral Building Blocks of Leadership, Followership and Team Interaction
Institution: University of Twente
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. C.P.M. Wilderom

Dr Seren Dalkiran

Current institution: University of Notre Dame (UNDA), Utrecht University & Varna University of Management
PhD obtained at: University of Notre Dame Australia(UNDA) in partnership and co-supervision with Utrecht University and Varna University of Management and Professor Dr. Geert Hofstede
Thesis title: Millennial Emergence: Worldviews, Value-Orientations and Leadership Paradigms among Global Youth Leadership Networks
Doctoral mentors: Prof. Dr. John Rees, Professor ir. Klaas van Egmond  & Professor Michael Minkov 

“It is an honour to be a recipient of the prestigious Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2020 in the category of 'Leadership and Organization Development' that acknowledges excellence among the most innovative scientific research with societal impact of the last few years.

"I would like to express my appreciation to Emerald Publishing, EFMD and the Editorial Board of the Leadership and Organization Development Journal for this global recognition of my Ph.D. research. It is significant that with this award we are encouraged as the next generation of scholars and thought leaders who work at the nexus of theory and practise as well as science and society. This award underlines the importance for us to keep making an original contribution to the evolution of knowledge progression with societal implications and benefits. I believe that this is the future of science and scholarship.

"I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) (Professor Dr. John Rees, Professor Dr. Kevin Watson) in collaboration with Utrecht University  (Professor ir. Klaas van Egmond for his special mentorship throughout the years) and Varna University of Management (Professor Dr. Michael Minkov) with the support of the Global Millennial Research Team, Synergized Earth Network (SEN) for supporting me to create my own international Ph.D. program and generate a new framework of thinking, my own survey (based on established survey models) and unique quantitative and qualitative dataset that encompasses responses from Millennial leaders and young professionals from 117 countries. The market research company Kantar (TNS Nipo) gave their technical support in my data generation. My special thanks goes to the eminent Professor Geert Hofstede (in memoriam) who taught me the lessons and challenges around what it means to be a pioneer exploring the synergies between the world of theory and practise. Because we shared this deep understanding, I feel very honoured that I received his mentorship in one of the last doctoral projects in the final phase of his life. Alike many others who gratefully supported my research and societal work that derived from it, he believed in our shared responsibility to equip the next generation of leadership in the search for new leadership and organizational paradigms to tackle our most pressing challenges in the 21st century”.

Dr. Swapnil Barmase

Dissertation title: Against the flow: A process theory of imprinting and economics of organizational compassion
Institution: IESE Business School, University of Navarra
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Joan Fontrodona

"With an unconventional outlook, my contention was that why don't we as management scholars focus on positive humanistic capabilities like our abilities of caring, compassion, resilience, forgiveness, hope, or temperance; why can't we model organizations as instruments of healing broken people, communities, and ecosystems instead of profit-maximizing machines, which is is all the more important in the current challenging times. Today, I feel honored and grateful to the Emerald Publishing and EFMD for the prestigious award, recognition, and dissemination of my research. I would like to thank the editorial team of Leadership and organization development for their time and consideration. Special thanks are due to my advisor Prof. Joan Fontrodona, and the entire family of IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, for their valued guidance and encouraging me to pursue my interests".

Svjetlana Pantic-Dragisic

Dissertation title: The interplay between organizational capabilities and individual skills: Studies of technical and engineering consulting firms
Institution: Linköping University
Doctoral mentor: Jonas Söderlund


Logistics & supply chain management

Sponsored by International Journal of Logistics Management


Marc van den Berg

Dissertation title: Managing Circular Building Projects
Institution: University of Twente
Doctoral mentors: Hans Voordijk and Arjen Adriaanse

My PhD thesis helps to rethink the way building projects can be managed: it develops actionable knowledge for demolition and design managers’ challenges to reduce, reuse and/or recycle building materials. I am very honored that Emerald Publishing, EFMD and the editorial team of International Journal of Logistics Management chose to reward this work with an Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. Thanks go to Hans Voordijk and Arjen Adriaanse for helping me with many research challenges and brightening the way."

Highly commended

Devendra Kumar Pathak

Dissertation title: Performance Management of Sustainable Freight Transportation: A Study of Select Issues
Current institution:  Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur
PhD obtained at: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Department of Management Studies
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Ravi Shankar

Dung H. Nguyen

Dissertation title: Order fulfilment and consumer behavior in online retailing
Institution: VU University Amsterdam
Doctoral mentors: Prof. Dr. Wout Dullaert and Prof. Dr. Ir. Sander de Leeuw (promoters), Dr. Jelle de Vries (co-promoter)

"I am honored to be Highly Commended in the 2020 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Logistics and supply chain management category. I would like to express my gratitude to Emerald Publishing, EFMD, and the editorial team of International Journal of Logistics Management for this international recognition of my PhD research. This prestigious award will motivate me to continue pursuing my research interests and producing high-quality research. I am especially thankful to my promoters, Prof. Dr. Wout Dullaert and Prof. Dr. Ir. Sander de Leeuw, and my co-promoter, Dr. Jelle de Vries, for their extraordinary guidance and support. This work would not have been possible without them."

Ricardo Augusto Zimmermann

Dissertation title: Innovation and supply chain management: strategies, capabilities, and the effect of fit on business performance
Institution: University of Aveiro
Doctoral mentors: Luís Miguel Domingues Ferreira and Antonio Carrizo Moreira

"I am very happy and honored to have my doctoral research recognized as highly commended in the area of Logistics and Supply Management by Emerald and EFMD Global at the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Thank you very much Luís Miguel D. F. Ferreira and António Carrizo Moreira for the guidance and support and thank you Emerald, EFMD and International Journal of Logistics Management for the recognition".

Ricardo Zimmermann


Management & governance

Sponsored by Management Decision


Kathleen M Crowley

Dissertation title: Dynamics of Creativity: How Early Drug Discovery Scientists Experience Creativity
Institution: George Washington University
Doctoral mentor: Shiasta Khilji

I am thrilled and honoured to have my study recognized for the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.  I would like to thank the editorial team of Management Decision for their time and consideration as well as my doctoral mentor Professor Shiasta Khilji who has always pushed and encouraged me.  Pursuits of research, learning and teaching are not done for the fame and glory but it is always great to be recognized“.

Kathleen Crowley

Highly commended

Dr. Gunther Glenk

Dissertation title: Economics of Renewable Hydrogen
Institution: Technische Universität München
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. Gunther Friedl

Green hydrogen could substantially reduce global carbon emissions but has so far been too expensive for widespread application. In my dissertation, I show how the rapid cost declines of renewables and innovation in Power-to-Gas technology have now changed the economic fundamentals for green hydrogen production”.



Sponsored by European Journal of Marketing


Tim Hilken

Dissertation title: Seeing is believing: enhancing the customer experience with augmented reality
Institution: Maastricht University
Doctoral mentor: Prof. dr. Ko de Ruyter

Highly commended

Freya De Keyzer

Dissertation title: Brand Communication on Social Networking Sites
Institution: University of Antwerp
Doctoral mentor: Prof.Dr. Nathalie Dens and Prof.Dr. Patrick De Pelsmacker

Hugo Guyader

Dissertation title: The Heart & Wallet Paradox of Collaborative Consumption
Institution: Linköping University
Doctoral mentor: Lars Witell

Michiel Van Crombrugge

Dissertation title: Empirical Studies on Manufacturer Direct Channels
Institution: KU Leuven
Doctoral mentor: Els Breugelmans

Rafael San José Iglesias

Dissertation title: Construction of Image and Attitudes Toward Global-Local Brand Alliances: The Effects of Globalness and Localness
Institution: Auckland University of Technology
Doctoral mentor: Associate Professor Mark Glynn

Ramona De Luca

Dissertation title: A cognitive approach to scent marketing: the effect of odor priming and processing dynamics on consumer aesthetic preferences and choices
Institution: FGV-EAESP
Doctoral mentor: Delane Botelho


Operations & production management

Sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Henrik Franke

Dissertation title: Behavioral Challenges to Cross-Functional Teams: Essays on Politics and Conflict in Global Sourcing Decision Making
Institution: EBS University for Business and Law
Doctoral mentor: Kai Foerstl

I am grateful and proud to receive this year’s award in the Operations and Production Management category! Thank you so much Emerald, EFMD, and IJOPM for picking my work among all the excellent submissions. A special thanks goes out to Prof. Förstl of EBS University, Prof. Heese of NC State U, and all my friends at GGS Heilbronn and ETH Zürich. Without your help, I wouldn’t be where I am today.


Highly commended

Jon Bokrantz

Dissertation title: Smart Maintenance - maintenance in digitalised manufacturing
Institution: Chalmers University of Technology
Doctoral mentor: Anders Skoogh

It is an honour to receive the Highly Commended Award as a recognition of my five years of hard work as a Ph.D. student. My research has always been driven by the combined pursuit of academic excellence and industrial impact, and this award will encourage me to continue on this path in both research and education. I, therefore, direct my deepest gratitude towards Emerald Publishing, EFMD, and the editorial board of the International Journal of Production & Operations Management. In addition, I also thank my Ph.D. supervisors at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers University of Technology for their endless encouragement and support: Prof. Anders Skoogh, Prof. Cecilia Berlin, and Prof. Johan Stahre.

Philipp Christopher Sauer

Dissertation title: Multi-tier sustainable supply chain management - learning from the minerals case
Institution: University of Kassel
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Seuring

"Receiving the Highly Commended Award for my PhD thesis is a great honour to me! This would not have been possible without the great collaboration with and support of my PhD supervisor Professor Stefan Seuring and his team. Moreover, I would like to thank the faculty and my peers at EurOMA doctoral seminars and the joint doctoral seminars held by Professor Stefan Seuring, Professor Martin Müller, Professor Rüdiger Hahn, Professor Michael Hiete and Professor Stefan Gold that provided invaluable feedback and opportunity for discussing my work. Finally, my appreciation goes to Emerald, EFMD, and the editorial team of International Journal of Operations & Production Management for offering this great chance for young talents to be recognized."

Philipp Christopher Sauer
Rima Al Hasan

Dissertation title: Exploring the interplay between process improvement approaches and product innovation
Institution: University of Warwick
Doctoral mentors: Prof. Pietro Micheli & Prof. Sotirios Paroutis

"Great News! I am so honoured to have received the Outstanding doctoral research award, I would like to express my appreciation to my Ph.D. supervisors, Thanks to Emerald, EFMD, and IJOPM for recognizing and promoting doctoral research contributions"

Yiyi Fan

Dissertation title: Multi-Level Buyer-Supplier Relationships and Their Influence on Supply Chain Risk Management
Institution: Lancaster University
Doctoral mentor: Professor Mark Stevenson

“I am delighted to receive the Highly Commended Award in the Operations and Production Management category. Thanks, Emerald, EFMD, and the editorial team of International Journal of Operations & Production Management. I am thankful to my dissertation supervisor Professor Mark Stevenson for his support and guidance. My appreciation also goes to Lancaster University Management School which financially supported my PhD. I would also like to thank my family for their continued support.”



Tourism & hospitality management

Sponsored by Tourism Review  


Christopher S. Dutt

Dissertation title: The role of tourism in bridging the gap between expatriates and hosts: A case of the United Arab Emirates
Institution: University of Exeter
Doctoral mentor: William Harvey

Highly commended

Samira Zare

Dissertation title: Recall and Post-trip Evaluation of Tourist Destinations; the Effects of Travel Order
Institution: University of Queensland
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Philip Pearce

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to submit my full thesis?

No. You do not need to submit your full thesis. The judges’ decision will be based on your ability to succinctly summarise the most important parts of your research in relation to the judging criteria.

Am I eligible to apply if my viva date is scheduled for after 28th February 2022?

No. However, this is an annual award and you can apply next year.

What should be included in my ‘Research Summary’?

Using the Research Summary template, complete the following details

  • Why your research contributes to a more responsible world and any applications in practice if applicable
  • What is original and innovative about your work
  • The methodology you applied
  • Your data and how they led to your findings
  • Details of any papers published or presented based on your thesis research.

What should be included in the 'Letter of recommendation/reference from a supervisor/senior faculty member'?

NB. This should be from your doctoral supervisor, or any member of the committee/judging panel deciding on your thesis, depending on how your doctorate is conferred in your country or university.

It should answer the following three questions:

  1. What is outstanding about the thesis?
  2. What is the substantive contribution to the field?
  3. Is the data of good quality and how difficult was it to obtain?

Am I eligible to apply if my thesis is not in English?

Yes. You can apply provided that your application, research summary and reference letter are all in English.

I have already published a paper based on my research. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. You can apply whether or not you have published a paper from your doctoral research. If you have published, please provide details in your Research Summary.

Can I apply for more than one Outstanding Doctoral Research Award?

No. Unfortunately, we can only accept one application per person.

Can I apply if I have previously applied for an Outstanding Doctoral Research Award?

No. You can only apply for an Outstanding Doctoral Research Award once.

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