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2013 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards



International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research

This year there were 12 subject categories, sponsored by a selection of Emerald journals. The Awards were open to those who had completed examination requirements for a doctoral award between 1 October 2010 and 1 October 2013.

As the quality of submissions was again exceptionally high in all categories, the judges have had a difficult task deciding whom should be awarded these prestigious accolades. In addition to the overall winner, a number of Highly Commended Awards have been bestowed across all of the various categories. Details of all award winners, listed by category, can be found below.

A cash prize of €1,500 (or currency equivalent) has been awarded to the winner of each category, as well as a certificate and the prospect of an offer of publication in the sponsoring journal, either as a full paper or an executive summary, at the Editor’s discretion. All Highly Commended Award winners have received certificates.

Both Emerald and the EFMD are exceedingly proud to support and reward such high-quality research. We wish the winners, and indeed all the applicants, success in their future academic careers. Further updates, including presentation photos and publication details, will appear here as information becomes available.


Interdisciplinary accounting research

aaajCategory sponsored by Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal


Dr Roel Boomsma
Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“The construction and operationalisation of NGO accountability: Directing Dutch governmentally funded NGOs towards quality improvement”

Highly Commended

Dr Daniel Martinez
University of Alberta, France
“Accounting for international development non-governmental organizations”

Dr Dimitar Zvezdov
Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany
“Sustainability Accounting: Towards Improved Information Management and Management Control”

Dr Arman Eshraghi
University of Edinburgh, UK
“Professional Investor Psychology, Accounting Narratives and Performance”

Marketing research

ejmCategory sponsored by European Journal of Marketing


Dr Lucas Bremer
University of Hamburg, Germany
“Building a Social Network for Success”

Highly Commended

Dr Nina Belei
Maastricht University, The Netherlands
“The Best of Both Worlds? Studies on Healthy Indulgences and Their Effects on Food Intake Control”

Dr Melissa Akaka
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
“Toward a Theory of Market Culture”

Dr Katrien Verleye
Ghent University & Vlerick Business School, Belgium
“Ready for a Co-Creative Economy? Customer Engagement in Value Creation in High-Contact and Technology-Based Service Interfaces”

Hospitality management

ijchmCategory sponsored by International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management


Dr Char-lee McLennan
University of Queensland, Australia
"The Tourism Transformation Process: An inquiry into the three main process phases"

Highly Commended

Dr Ahmet Ozturk
Oklahoma State University, USA
“Factors Affecting Individual and Organizational RFID Technology Adoption in the Hospitality Industry.”

Dr Anil Bilgihan
Florida Atlantic University College of Business, USA
“The role of flow in creating e-loyalty: the case of online hotel booking websites”

Dr Andreas Strobl
University of Innsbruck, Austria
“Die Relevanz von Netzwerken zur Generierung von Unternehmensressourcen (The relevance of networks for generating company resources)”

Operations and production management

ijopmCategory sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Dr Juliana Bonomi Santos
Lancaster University Management School, UK
“Operations Management Perspectives on Expert Services”

Highly Commended

Dr Annachiara Longoni
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
“Sustainability operations strategies: the impact of HRM and organisational practices on the triple bottom line”

Dr Hernandes-Pardo award presentationDr Ricardo Hernandez-Pardo
Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, UK
“Designing Sustainable Product Service Systems: a business framework for SME implementation”

Dr Hernandez-Pardo received his certificate with his parents in attendance at a presentation in Bogota, Colombia

Pictured left to right: Mr Hernandez-Pardo, Emerald Business Manager Sergio Acebo, Dr Ricardo Hernandez-Pardo and Mrs Hernandez-Pardo


Logistics and supply chain management

ijpdlmCategory sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management


Dr David Wuttke
EBS University, Germany
“An empirical inquiry into financial supply chain management”

Highly Commended

Dr Mikael Ehrs
University of Vaasa, Finland
“Is the Automotive Industry using Design-for-Assembly anymore - a Statistical Analysis of Repair Time Data”

Dr Marc Helmold
University of Gloucestershire, UK
Establishing a best practice model of supplier relationship management (SRM) for multinational manufacturing companies in the European transportation industry”

Dr Oluseye Richard Oloruntoba
University of Newcastle, Australia
“The Implications and Limitations of Commercial Supply Chain Management Process Models and Frameworks for Disaster Relief”

Information science

jdocCategory sponsored by Journal of Documentation


Dr Raf Guns
University of Antwerp, Belgium
“Missing links: Predicting interactions based on a multi-relational network structure with applications in informetrics”

Highly Commended

Dr Abigail McBirnie
Aberystwyth University, UK
“A descriptive profile of process in serendipity: A narrative and network study of information behaviour in context”

Dr Elizabeth Lomas
University of Northumbria, UK
“An autoethnography exploring the engagement of records management through a computer mediated communication focused co-operative inquiry”

Dr Snjezana Stanarevic Katavic
Filozofski fakultet, Croatia
“Information needs and information behavior of patients with rare chronic diseases in the Republic of Croatia”

Educational leadership and strategy

jeaCategory sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Dr Jessica Rigby
University of California, Berkeley, USA
"First-Year Principals' Engagement with Instructional Leadership: The Presence, Pathway, and Power of Institutional Logics"

Highly Commended

Dr Jason Giersch
University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA
"Standardized distraction: How accountability policies take education's emphasis off learning while effectively maintaining inequality"

Knowledge management

jkmCategory sponsored by Journal of Knowledge Management


Dr Anooshiravan Merat
University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France
“Strategic Analysis of Knowledge Firms: The links between Knowledge Management and Leadership”

Highly Commended

Dr Alok Goel
Indian Institute Of Technology Roorkee, India
“Knowledge Management as Predictor of Human Capital Creation in Indian Industry”

Dr Chaolemen Borjigin
Renmin University of China, China
“The Framework for Knowledge Processing on the Semantic Web”

Management and governance

mdCategory sponsored by Management Decision

Dr Narayanan award presentationWinner

Dr P C Narayanan
Indian Institute of Technology -Madras, India
“Cross-Border Acquisitions Involving Emerging Market Firms: A Study on the Impact of Country and Deal Characteristics on Value Creation”

Dr. Narayanan received his award at IIT Madras in front of his Head of Department, Supervisor and 25 doctoral students who are part of the PhD program at IIT Madras.

Pictured from left to right Michael Cruz (Vice-President/ Managing Director, Emerald Group Publishing (India) Pvt Ltd), Dr. P C Narayanan, Dr Thenmozhi (Dr. Narayanan's PhD guide & Professor, Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras) and Dr. G. Srinivasan (Head of Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras).

Highly Commended

Professor Hae-Jung Hong
ESSEC Business School, France
“Multicultural Individuals as Cultural Brokers for Effective Integration within Organizations”

Dr Sreejith Alathur
Indian Institute of Technology, Dehli, India
“Citizens’ Electronic Participation: A Select Study in Indian Context”

Dr Collette Kirwan
University College Dublin, Ireland
“Non-Executive Directors on Boards of Private Family Firms: Navigating the Complexities of Role”

Human resource management

prCategory sponsored by Personnel Review

Dr Anders Klitmøller
Aarhus University, Denmark
“(Re)Contextualizing Cultural and Linguistic Boundaries in Multinational Corporations: A Global Ethnographic Approach”

Highly Commended

Dr Anthony Yue
Saint Mary's University, Canada
“Talking About Gossip at Work”

Dr Pedro Ferreira
Univeridade de Santiago de Compostela, Portugal
“High-involvement work practices: a comparative study of European countries”

Dr Songqi Liu
University of Maryland, USA
“Job Search Experiences and Interventions”

Dr Moureen Wong
Melbourne University, Australia
“Testing Motivational Interventions on Transfer of Training on Complex Tasks: How and When Does It Work?”

Leadership and organization development

lodjCategory sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal


Professor Vishal Gupta
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, India
“Linking Leadership to Employee Creativity through Work Motivation, Psychological Capital and Organizational Justice: A Study of Indian R&D Professionals”

Highly Commended

Dr Umesh Kumar Bamel
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
“Organizational Climate and Role Efficacy as Predictors of Managerial Effectiveness”

Dr Elizabeth Jayanti
University of Minnesota, USA
“An Investigation of the Internal Corporate Factors of Organizational Learning and Innovation”

Dr Sharon Varney
University of Reading, UK
“A complexity perspective on organizational change: making sense of emerging patterns in self-organising systems”

Health Care Management

jhomCategory sponsored by Journal of Health Organisation and Management


Dr Melinda Taylor
University of Southampton, UK
"The impact of sensemaking on knowledge transfer: a qualitative analysis of junior doctors' clinical handovers."

Dr Luk award presentationHighly Commended

Dr Ching Yuen Luk
University of Birmingham, UK
"Health Insurance Reform in Shanghai and Hong Kong: Using the Lens of Historical Institutionalism"

Dr Luk received her award at a prize giving ceremony in Kunming, China on March 12.

Pictured: Dr Ching Yuen Luk (left) and Emerald Business Manager, Ocean Zhou

Sabrina commented " "I am grateful and deeply honored to receive the prestigious 2013 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Health Care Management Category. I would like to thank the jury as well as Emerald and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) for offering international recognition to the doctoral research excellence. I would also like to thank my thesis supervisors, Professor Peter Preston and Professor Martin Powell, for their guidance and encouragement during these challenging years. I have been most fortunate to learn from them. This award is testimony to my parents' unconditional love and support throughout my prolonged pursuit of knowledge. It is also an honor that represents my commitment to research and a tremendous encouragement for me to keep innovating and strive further for research excellence. I hope this award can encourage other candidates to strive for research excellence.""

Dr Amy Ford
University of Manchester, UK
"Individual Funding Requests for Cancer Drugs and Other Treatments: A Legal and Ethical Analysis of Exceptionality"

Dr Anu Kajamaa
University of Helsinki, Finland
"Unraveling the helix of change: An activity-theoretical study of health care change efforts and their consequences"

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