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2015 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 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.

These awards - which attracted more than double the number of submissions received last year - celebrate excellence in research within business and management subject taxonomies. The winning authors ranged from universities in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Nepal, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States, highlighting the global reach of these awards and Emerald's author community. These prestigious international awards for the chosen authors not only act as a stamp of quality, but also strengthen their reputation as respectable researchers.


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


Dr Desirée van Dun
University of Twente
Thesis title: "Improving Lean Team Performance: Leadership and Workfloor Dynamics"
Supervisor: Prof. dr. Celeste P. M. Wilderom

"I am highly honoured to receive this award for my Ph.D. dissertation. In this research I merged knowledge and (also practical) insights from various subfields of Business Administration, including Organisational Behaviour, Leadership Studies, and Change and Lean Management. This award shows that this interdisciplinary approach is valued by the jury consisting of Operations and Production Management full professors," commented Dr van Dun.

Highly Commended

Dr Ayyaz Ahmad
University of the Punjab
PhD obtained at: Curtin University
Thesis title: "Rapid Prototyping Technology Adoption Framework Development: Operationalization and Roadmap Generation for SMEs"
Supervisor: Dr. Ilyas Mazhar

Dr Sanjay Bhardwaj received his Award at the India office of Emerald Group Publishing Limited. In picture: Mr Biju Ganesan , Vice President - South Asia, Emerald Group Publishing (India) presenting the Award to Dr Sanjay Bhardwaj (right)Dr Sanjay Bhardwaj
International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI)
PhD obtained at: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai
Supervisors: Professor Shrikant V. Joshi and Professor Karuna Jain
Pictured right: Dr Sanjay Bhardwaj received his Award at the India office of Emerald Group Publishing Limited. In picture: Mr Biju Ganesan , Vice President - South Asia, Emerald Group Publishing (India) presenting the Award to Dr Sanjay Bhardwaj (right).

Dr Subhajit Chakraborty
Coastal Carolina University
PhD obtained at: The University of Texas-Pan American
Supervisor: Dr. Hale Kaynak

Logistics and supply chain management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management


Dr Gavin Meschnig
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Thesis title: "Decision-Making in Cross-Functional Teams – A Behavioural Perspective on Supplier Selection Decisions"
Supervisor: Lutz Kaufmann

Dr Meschnig added: "It is a great honour and pleasure to receive this year's EFMD Doctoral Research Award. The acknowledgment of the importance of behavioural research in logistics and supply chain management by such a prestigious institution and award is an important milestone for our field."

Highly Commended

Dr Gianpietro Dapiran
RMIT University
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Booi KAM

Dr Ala Pazirandeh
University of Gothenburg
PhD obtained at: Lund University
Thesis title: "Purchasing power and Purchasing strategies - Insights from the humanitarian sector"
Supervisors: Andreas Norrman and Marianne Jahre

Dr Uni Sallnäs
Linköping University
Thesis title: "Towards greener supply chains – Inclusion of environmental activities in relationships between logistics service providers and shippers"
Supervisor: Maria Huge-Brodin

Dr Anne Touboulic
Cardiff University
Thesis title: "Exploring How to Manage Supply Chain Relationships for Sustainability: An Action Research Project with PepsiCo and their Agricultural Suppliers in the UK"
Supervisor: Prof. Helen Walker

Educational leadership and strategy

Category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Dr Izhak Berkovich
The Open University of Israel
PhD obtained at: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Thesis title: "Transformational leadership in education and emotional reframing"
Supervisor: Ori Eyal

"I am extremely honored and grateful to receive the prestigious Emerald - EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This recognition inspires me to continue to pursue my research interests and to strive for excellence," said Dr Berkovich.

Highly Commended

Dr Prakash C Bhattarai
Kathmandu University
Thesis title: "Ethical leadership in Nepali Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Schools: A Convergent Mixed Methods Study"
Supervisor: Prof. Mahesh Nath Parajuli, PhD

Dr Haim Shaked
Orot Israel College of Education
PhD obtained at: Bar Ilan University
Thesis title: "Systems thinking in school leadership: Characteristics, sources and development"
Supervisor: Prof. Chen Schechter

Management and governance

Category sponsored by Management Decision

Joint winners

Dr Daniel Fernandes
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
PhD obtained at: Erasmus University
Thesis title: "The Functions and Dysfunctions of Memory Cues"
Supervisor: Stefano Puntoni

Dr David Teh
Monash University
PhD obtained at: RMIT University
Thesis title: "Strategic Implementation of Organizational Eco-Sustainability Policy & Strategy – A McKinsey Seven S's Approach"
Supervisor: Emeritus Professor Brian Corbitt

"I was surprised to receive the award. At the time when I was applying for the award, I was in doubt whether I should because I thought my chances of winning were very small. This award makes me motivated to do more research on the topic of memory, goals and reminders," said Dr Fernandes.

Dr Teh added: "I am delighted and honoured to receive such prestigious recognition from my learned peers and from the well-established professional organisations. This Award reminds me of the quote - all things are possible until they are proved impossible. I believe the importance of being persistent and resilient and working much harder and smarter than everyone else. I strongly believe that a great piece of research should be done even though we have to challenge the norms and the status quo. I am always interested in research that can address problems faced by business and the overall community. Even though I have to be an outlier to do things that are different to others, I shall. To achieve great things, we should always do things that are meaningful and impactful. This Award has helped to recognise and celebrate my research internationally."

Highly Commended

Dr Yiu Ha (Carmen) Chu
RMIT University
Thesis title: "Resilience capabilities in the face of environmental turbulence: the case of Hong Kong small to medium enterprises"
Supervisor: Professor Kosmas Smyrnios

Dr Valeria Croce
Modul Univeristy Vienna
Thesis title: "Experts' Predictive Power – An Empirical Study on Expert Forecasting"
Supervisor: Prof. Karl Wöber

Dr Eduardo Lopez
SKEMA Business School
Thesis title: "Influence of Ethical Behaviors in Corporate Governance"
Supervisor: Dr. Alicia Medina

Dr Thomas Pittz
East Carolina University
PhD obtained at: New Mexico State University
Thesis title: "An Exploration of Open Strategy and Absorptive Capacity in Cross-Sector Social Partnerships"
Supervisor: Terry Adler, Ph.D.

Dr Oliver Schilke
University of Arizona
PhD obtained at: UCLA
Thesis title: "Causes and consequences of institutional practices in organizations: routines, trust, and identity"
Supervisor: Lynne Zucker

Dr Viktoria Veider
University of Innsbruck
Thesis title: "THE IMPACT OF FAMILY INFLUENCE ON INNOVATION ACTIVITIES - A Contextual Study on the Impact of Family Heterogeneity on Innovation Input and Output"
Supervisor: Kurt Matzler

Human resource management

Category sponsored by Personnel Review


Dr Maria Christina Meyers
Tilburg University
Thesis title: "From Essence to Excellence – A Strengths-based Approach to Talent Management"
Supervisor: Jaap Paauwe

Highly Commended

Dr Irit Alony
University of Wollongong
Thesis title: "Towards predicting employee turnover using a relational perspective: adapting mixed-methods from marital research"
Supervisor: Helen Hasan

Dr Jason Foster
Athabasca University
PhD obtained at: Saint Mary's University
Thesis title: "Rethinking Unions: Contradiction, Leadership, Narratives and the Case of the UFCW Local 401"
Supervisor: Dr. Judy Haiven

Dr Susanna Kultalahti
University of Vaasa
Thesis title: ""It's so nice to be at work!" Adopting different perspectives in understanding Generation Y at work"
Supervisor: Professor Riitta Viitala

Dr Pavitra Mishra
School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Shiv Nadar University
PhD obtained at: Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon
Thesis title: "Impact of work-family culture, community resources, family resources, role salience, work-family enrichment and psychological capital on innovative work behavior"
Supervisor: Professor Rajen Gupta

Leadership and organization development

Category sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal


Dr Nathan Eva
Monash University
Thesis title: "Servant leadership and job satisfaction: The moderating roles of the leader's decision making process and organizational structure"
Supervisor: Sen Sendjaya

"I'd like to thank EFMD, Emerald, and the Leadership and Organisational Development Journal for selecting my thesis for this award. I am so grateful for the work both EFMD and Emerald do in supporting emerging scholars. Their support of new academic research allows new scholars to challenge existing thought patterns and delve into new ideas," said Dr Eva.

Highly Commended

Dr Kim Bradley-Cole
University of Surrey
PhD obtained at: University of Reading
Thesis title: "EXPLORING SUBORDINATE LEADERS' IMPLICIT THEORIES OF AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP: Understanding the experience and contribution of leader authenticity to effective managerial relationships in large organisations"
Supervisor: Dr Bernd Vogel

Dr Alain Guiette
University of Antwerp
Thesis title: "Towards a processual perspective on sensemaking during organizational change. Studies on Organizing - Changing – Becoming"
Supervisor: Koen Vandenbempt

Health care management

Category sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management


Dr Valerie O'Keeffe
University of South Australia
Thesis title: "Nurses' sensemaking: The social context of occupational health and safety decision making"
Supervisor: Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey

Dr O'Keeffe added: "I was both stunned and delighted to receive the wonderful news of my success in the Emerald-EFMD Doctoral Research Awards. It is a great privilege to be recognised for work I feel very passionate about – nurse safety, well-being and quality care. Working with the University of South Australia gave me excellent and inspiring supervision and support, so instrumental to research success. Many thanks to Emerald and EFMD for making the awards available and supporting early career researchers in such a tangible way. I am sure the Award will be immensely helpful to me for future career opportunities and success."

Highly Commended

Dr Fabrizia Sarto
Federico II University of Naples
PhD obtained at: Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro
Thesis title: "Hospital Governance in the Italian National Health Service: theories and practices"
Supervisor: Riccardo Vigano'

Dr Laura Schang
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
PhD obtained at: London School of Economics and Political Science
Thesis title: "Using information on variations in health system performance: from measurement to management"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Alec Morton

Congratulations from Emerald and EFMD

Tony Roche, Publishing Director at Emerald, said "Emerald would like to congratulate the winners and highly commended authors for the excellent scholarship witnessed throughout all entries we received. Emerald is committed to rewarding outstanding research within the business and management subjects and is proud to partner with EFMD to recognize the work undertaken by our author community on a global stage. We would also like to thank the Editors of Emerald journals for the work they have undertaken to select the winners and for supporting this prestigious award scheme."

"On behalf of EFMD, I would like to warmly congratulate all the winners as well as the authors of the highly commended research pieces for their awards. It is vital that the relevant and impactful contribution to knowledge is recognized and we are delighted to be able to support doctoral graduates and emerging scholars in their efforts to make a difference to the society and have their scientific contribution recognised by the international audience," said prof. Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD.

For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.


Lynsey Henshall
Author Engagement Assistant
E-mail: [email protected]

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.