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2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research

Announcing the winners

Logo: EFMD.Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publisher of the largest collection of international business and management journals, and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), an international not-for-profit membership organization with over 860 members from academia, business, public sector and consultancy from 84 countries, seek to reward excellence in research by sponsoring the 2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.


Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,500 (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 there are seven categories.

Applicants submitted to one of the categories below.

Operations and production management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Image: Dr Haley Allison  BeerDr Haley Allison Beer
University of Warwick
Thesis title: An exploration of people’s experiences of the performance measurement process in social enterprises
Supervisors: Dr. Pietro Micheli and Professor Eivor Oborn
"I am honoured to receive the 2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, what exciting news to begin my career in academia with! This research offers a novel perspective on the performance measurement process which I hope inspires more inclusivity and human-centeredness in theory and practice. I’d like to express gratitude to my wonderful supervisors, as well as to Emerald, EFMD, and IJOPM for celebrating doctoral research!"

Highly Commended

Image: Dr Marcia Regina  Santiago ScarpinDr Marcia Regina Santiago Scarpin
Fundação Getulio Vargas
Thesis title: Operational Capabilities’ Typology: An Evolution from Operational Practices
Supervisor: Luiz Artur Ledur Brito


Image: Dr Christine UnterhitzenbergerDr Christine Unterhitzenberger
Liverpool John Moores University
Thesis title: Organisational Justice and its Impact on Project Performance: An Explanatory Framework in the Context of the Construction Industry
Supervisor: Prof David Bryde
"I am delighted that my research has been recognised as outstanding and high-quality by the awarding bodies and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisor Prof David Bryde without whose extraordinary guidance and support this wouldn’t have been possible. I hope that with my research on fairness in projects I can make a difference in how we work together on projects in the future and contribute to more successful projects."

Logistics and supply chain management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management


Image: Dr Jennifer  EspinosaDr Jennifer Espinosa
Rowan University
PhD obtained at University of South Florida
Thesis title: Understanding the Complexity of Product Returns Management: A Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Perspective
Supervisor: James R. Stock
"I am honored to receive the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award from Emerald and EMFD in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management category for my research on how product returns are managed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank James R. Stock, Ph.D., for his extraordinary guidance throughout this research and willingness to read multiple drafts of my research. I would like to thank David J. Ortinau, Ph.D., for his assistance and support in developing my survey instrument. I would like to thank Donna F. David, Ph.D., for overseeing my development as a qualitative researcher. Without the efforts of these mentors, this research would not have been possible. I would also like to thank the awarding bodies for this distinguished award. I hope that my research on complexity within product returns will spark research and management ideas in the reader’s mind, that will lead to improvements in the handling of returned items."

Highly Commended

Dr Claudia Wagner
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management
Thesis title: Intuition in supplier selection – An emotional perspective of team decision making
Supervisor: Lutz Kaufmann

Dr Christopher Savage
University of Huddersfield
Thesis title: An investigation into the issues of developing a sustainable port-centric logistics hub: A study of Walvis-bay, Namibia
Supervisor: Dr Andrew Jenkins

Educational leadership and strategy

Category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Dr Jared Boyce
Teachers College, Columbia University
Thesis title: Commitment and Leadership: What We Know From the Schools and Staffing Survey
Supervisor: Alex J. Bowers

Highly Commended

Image: Dr Antonios KafaDr Antonios Kafa
Open University of Cyprus
Thesis title: Exploring the Espoused Values and Values in Action of Principals’ Leadership Styles in Cyprus
Supervisor: Petros Pashiardis
"I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Emerald/ EFMD and to the committee for selecting me as a Highly Commended Award winner. I am so humbled for this recognition, knowing that this came from esteemed colleagues of my research field. This award motivates me to continue exploring my research interests. I would also like to sincerely thank my supervisor Prof. Pashiardis for his tremendous support and guidance."    

Management and governance

Category sponsored by Management Decision


Image: Dr Thomas LindnerDr Thomas Lindner
WU Vienna
Thesis title: Financing International Business: Distance, the Cost of Capital, and Financial Structure
Supervisor: Jonas Puck
“I am honoured by the award for my dissertation. My thanks go to the dissertation committee, Jonas Puck, Igor Filatotchev, David Reeb, and Anne D’Arcy for their excellent guidance. I hope that my research contributes to bringing the fields of finance and international business closer together.”

Human resource management

Category sponsored by Personnel Review


Image: Dr Rachelle  Pascoe-DeslauriersDr Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers
University of Strathclyde
Thesis title: Job displacement and the implications for job quality: An investigation of the job transition process for public sector workers in Scotland, UK and Ontario, Canada in the Great Recession
Supervisor: Professor Patricia Findlay

Highly Commended

Image: Dr Suvi HeikkinenDr Suvi Heikkinen
University of Jyväskylä
Thesis title: (ln)Significant Others: The Role of the Spouse in Women and Men Managers' Careers in Finland
Supervisor: Prof. Anna-Maija Lämsä

Dr Isaac Sabat
Texas A&M University
PhD obtained at George Mason University
Thesis title: Disclosure Dissonance: The Impact of Behavioral, Attitudinal, and Environmental Inconsistencies on Identity Management Outcomes
Supervisor: Dr. Eden King

Leadership and organization development

Category sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal


Dr Philip Maxton
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Thesis title: Employee Transition throughout an Appreciative Inquiry Intervention
Supervisor: Emeritus Professor John M Verster

Highly Commended

Dr Jeroen Camps
Thomas More
PhD obtained at KU Leuven
Thesis title: Once Upon a Jerk… A Follower-Centered Perspective on the Emergence and Maintenance of Abusive Supervision.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jeroen Stouten and Prof. Dr. Martin Euwema

Health care management

Category sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management


Dr Jaideep Pandit
University of Oxford
Thesis title: Towards Efficiency: Developing Quantitative Measures of Operating Theatre Performance in the National Health Service
Supervisor: Professor Mansukh T Popat

Highly Commended

Dr Abigail Methley
University of Manchester
Thesis title: Health care services for multiple sclerosis: The experiences of people with multiple sclerosis and health care professionals
Supervisor: Professor Stephen Campbell
“I’m delighted to receive this award and would like to  thank participants in this research, my supervisory team, and the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. I look forward to using these findings in the further research and development of mental health services for people with MS.”

Image: Dr Maria KordowiczDr Maria Kordowicz
King's College London
Thesis title: Understanding 'Poor Performing' General Practices: Findings from Five Qualitative Case Studies
Supervisor: Dr Mark Ashworth

"I was delighted to receive the Highly Commended Award for my PhD Thesis. I had gained unprecedented access to general practices which were labelled as 'poor performing' through top-down centralised targets, only to discover that, as expected, quality improvement frameworks are a limited lens through which to define the complex concept that is primary care 'quality'. My thesis was also a comment on how person-centred values can influence 'poor performers'' responses to managerialist tools of surveillance. I am indebted to my research participants for granting me access to their day-to-day organisational rituals, which reaped such important findings, along with implications for the policy and practice of healthcare quality improvement. I am infinitely grateful for the support and insights of my supervisors Dr Mark Ashworth and Prof Ewan Ferlie, without whom receipt of this award would not have been possible. Follow me on twitter @mariakordowicz."

Image: Dr Simon MoraleeDr Simon Moralee
The University of Manchester
Thesis title: Practising change in strongly institutionalized environments: using system capital, being system centric
Supervisors: Prof. Damian Hodgson and Prof. Naomi Chambers
"It's a real honour for EFMD/Emerald to recognise my research through these awards and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my co-supervisors, Damian Hodgson and Naomi Chambers who guided me, with great expertise, patience and humour through the PhD process. My research on how individuals worked together to introduce leadership and management competencies into medical curricula contributes to our greater understanding of how to bring about change in environments, which are often considered unchangeable, for the benefits of service users, staff and the wider system and my hope is this will make a difference to how change is approached in similar environments in the future."


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Lynsey Henshall
Author Engagement Assistant
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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 awards are open to those who have completed and satisfied examination requirements for a doctoral award, between 1 October 2011 and 1 October 2014, and have not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria

The entries are judged by the Editor(s) and at least one Editorial Advisory Board member of the sponsoring journal. Entries will be 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.