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2007 Emerald/AIMS Research Fund Award


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Announcing the winner

Emerald and Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) are delighted to announce the winner of this year's Award. Nearly 50 entries were received and the overall standard was found by the judging panel to be extremely high. All applicants are thanked for their submissions; it is a shame that there can only be one winner.

The winning proposal was:

"Ethnocentric tendencies of Indian consumers – Impact on preference for domestic versus foreign products"
by
Dr Binod Agarwal (Director, TALEEM Research Foundation, Ahmedabad)
in conjunction with
Archana Kumar (PhD Candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville),
Dr Ann Fairhurst (Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville), and
Dr Youn-Kyung Kim (Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Emerald and AIMS are proud to offer a grant of £2,000 (approx. US$4,200 equivalent) for this Indian project in the field of management. You can read the summary here.

The following quotes, from the winners, judges and heads and deans of the winning schools, serve to highlight the quality of this year's submissions:

"I am very pleased that I was involved with the judging process both as a judge and a coordinator, which has given me an insight into some of the research that is taking place in India ... It was not an easy decision to pick the winner from the short-listed ones as they were all of very high calibre."
(Kasturi Narashiman, coordinator of the judging panel, Learning and Teaching Fellow (Retired), The University of Bolton, UK, Visiting Professor, GRD Institute of Management, Coimbatore, India, Advisory Council Member, National Academy of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore, India)

"We are honoured to receive the Emerald Research Fund Award funded by Emerald Publishing Group and AIMS. We believe our study is timely and will generate a stream of research in this direction as the Indian economy is moving ahead at a fast pace. We are looking forward to working on this grant and cannot wait to find the results and draw inferences that will benefit the Indian economy."
(Archana Kumar, Dr Ann Fairhurst and Dr Youn-Kyung Kim)

"We are honoured and grateful that our doctoral student, Archana Kumar, and faculty members, Dr Ann Fairhurst and Dr Youn-Kyung Kim, received the 2007 Emerald/AIMS Research Fund Award for their project, 'Ethnocentric tendencies of Indian consumers – Impact on preference for domestic versus foreign products'. The financial support is critical for the successful completion of the project, and the international recognition is very important for these scholars."
(Nancy Fair, Professor and Department Head, Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

"I am writing to express my appreciation to you and the Emerald/AIMS Research Fund Award committee for the wonderful honour you have bestowed on Archana Kumar, doctoral student, and Dr Ann Fairhurst, Professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management. Their project, 'Ethnocentric tendencies of Indian consumers: Impact on preference for domestic versus foreign products', is a wonderful example of the outstanding work coming out of this department, and for this work to be honoured in this way brings me great pride and satisfaction. As Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, one of my great joys is to witness the success of our students and faculty. You and your organization are to be commended for the recognition and financial support you provide to individuals like Ms Kumar and Dr. Fairhurst."
(Dr Bob Rider, Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

"I am honoured to receive the Emerald Research Fund Award funded by Emerald Publishing Group and AIMS. Achieving this award is special to me as it will provide me an opportunity to better the economy of India, the country where I come from. I am looking forward to working on this grant and I cannot wait to find the results and draw inferences that will benefit the Indian economy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my co-authors Dr Ann Fairhurst and Dr Youn-Kyung Kim and my research team member Dr. Binod Agarwal for their support and help."
(Archana Kumar, PhD Candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Emerald and AIMS would like to extend their thanks to all members of the judging panel, without whose expertise and time these awards would not have been possible:

  • Kasturi Narashiman
  • Dr S.R. Devadasan
  • Dr M.K. Sridhar
  • Dr Parimal V. Mandke
  • Dr G. Raghavan
  • Dr C. Anandan
  • Prof. Satyajit Majumdar

About AIMS

The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) was formed in 1988 as a network of management schools in the country at the National Conference of the Heads of Management Education Institutions on "National Education Policy and its Implications for Management Education in the Country" held at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in April 1988.

AIMS has since grown into a powerful body for management schools in the country with a membership of about 400 Institutes. AIMS is the second largest network of management schools in the world.

The mission of AIMS is to function as the professional association of management education concerned with quality of management, manpower training and development, management research, curriculum development and take all such steps on its own or in collaboration with other agencies for the promotion of Management Education in India.

Contact details

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Kieran Booluck
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