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2009 Emerald/AIMA Indian Management Research Fund Award

Image: AIMA logoSupporting the dissemination of knowledge for the social good in India

Announcing the results!

Emerald and the AIMA – All India Management Association – are delighted to offer a research grant for an Indian project in the field of management research. The award will offer £3,000 (approximately US$4,500 equivalent) to fund the winning research project.

All members of the judging panel have completed their evaluations and the results are now in! The judging panel comprised of Journal of Indian Business Research Editor, Dr G Shainesh; Journal of Advances in Management Research Executive Editor, Professor Ravi Shankar; and the winning research team from the 2008 Award, led by Dr Rajendra V Joshi, Director of the Indus Training and Research Institute, Bangalore. Emerald offers warm thanks to each; the time, effort and expertise that have been invested are greatly appreciated.

A great number of high-quality submissions were received, making the decision of the judging panel an extremely difficult one. In addition to the Winner, five Highly Commended Awards will be bestowed. Please find full details of the results below:

Bharadhwaj Sivakumaran
, Great Lakes Institute of Management
Arti D. Kalro, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Piyush Sharma, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
"Understanding and addressing cataract-related eye care issues in rural Tamil Nadu"

Highly Commended
Ashok Thampy
, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Sanjay Banerji, Essex Business School, UK
Thomas Hardy, Essex Business School, UK
"Impact of industrial and financial market reforms on mergers and acquisitions in India"

Highly Commended
Zillur Rahman
, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Ishwar Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Ruchi Garg, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Ashish Agnihotri, Academy of Third World Studies
"Investigating whether micro credit can improve the utilization of private sector health services among Indian women"

Highly Commended
Devi Vijay
, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
"Community mobilization and palliative care: a social movements perspective"

Highly Commended
Sanjay Jharkharia
, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Manish Shukla, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
"Fresh supply chain management: research proposal"

Highly Commended
Subrata Mitra
, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Saral Mukherjee, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
"A study of sustainability initiatives and sustainable supply chain management practices in Indian firms"

The Winner will receive a prize fund of £3,000, a certificate and will also have the opportunity to receive the assistance of an experienced Emerald editor, or former editor, to help them write a high quality article and increase chances of publication. The Highly Commended Award winners will each receive certificates.


"My co-researchers and I thank Emerald for recognizing the potential in our work and giving us the award. It is indeed a great honour. In fact, it has always been a dream of mine to do management research with a strong social focus. However, it has been difficult to find funding for the same. It is indeed praiseworthy that Emerald is willing to fund such research and enable scholars like me to do research in this area. I hope that with the funding we get from Emerald, we can find something useful from our research that will not just advance the frontiers of knowledge, but do so in a way that will enhance societal welfare. Once again, thanks to Emerald."
Bharadhwaj Sivakumaran

"We are delighted that our research proposal has been Highly Commended by the distinguished judging panel of the 2009 Emerald/AIMA Indian Management Research Fund Award. We see this recognition as a lighthouse in the intellectual sea of our research voyage. It is an external validation of our research efforts and an assurance that we are moving in the right direction. This success further motivates us to address the problems in fresh supply chains. We would like to thank the esteemed panel of judges who gave their valuable time to evaluate our proposal and recommended it for the award. We also thank, from the core of our hearts, Emerald Group of Publishing and AIMA for encouraging the research activities in India."
Manish Shukla and Sanjay Jharkharia

"We feel highly honoured and motivated that our research work has been adjudged as Highly Commended as part of the 2009 Emerald/AIMA Indian Management Research Fund Award. We are extremely thankful to Emerald, AIMA, and the esteemed panel of judges for acknowledging our work for this prestigious award. We are sure that this award will inspire each one of us to engage in quality research work for the societal good."
Zillur Rahman and Ishwar Kumar


The main member of the research team was to be based in India.

Judging criteria

Each application was judged, by a panel of experts, on the criteria below. The research must:

  • Be of significance, and in particular, illustrate how it will benefit the social good.
  • Demonstrate originality and innovation.
  • Make an outstanding contribution to theory and its application.
  • Illustrate the appropriateness and application of the methodology.
  • Demonstrate sound implications for theory and practice.


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