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What people have to say about the many Emerald research awards

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2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

"I feel very honoured to have been selected as the winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Management and governance category. The award competition represents an important initiative for the promotion of young scholars as it not only increases visibility in the wider academic community, but also offers reassurance that it was worth going through the long years of the PhD process. I would like to thank Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the EFMD for their support and hope that the ODRAs competition will continue to stimulate young scholars to seek excellence in the research they conduct."
Dr Matthias Seifert
IE Business School, Spain

"I am deeply honoured to receive the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Information science category and thrilled that my research into judgements of enough information has been recognised and regarded favourably by an international panel of eminent scholars. We emerging researchers are fortunate to have the encouragement and support offered by awards such as this. Receiving the award has deepened my commitment to continue researching and publishing in the area of work-based information seeking and use."
Dr Jennifer Berryman
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

"Please join me in congratulating Christina Boedker. Her research has important implications for understanding how accounting figures can have an emotive sway over an organization and the way people act and strategize."
Professor Alec Cameron
Dean of the Australian School of Business, Australia

"Thank you to Emerald Group Publishing for this award. It is lovely to be acknowledged for all the hard work that has gone into the doctorate and a true source of motivation going forth."
Dr Christina Boedker
University of New South Wales, Australia

"I am greatly honoured and feel very fortunate to have had my doctoral research selected as the winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Human resource management category. This is not only a recognition of my own research, it also recognizes the importance of this still quite new research focus of HRM in organizations with non-traditional structures such as project-based organizations. Winning this award really encourages me in my future research and I hope that the attention will also encourage other researchers with similar research interests. I am immensely grateful to my good colleague and former PhD supervisor Professor Jonas Söderlund. Without his support, collaboration and guidance, my doctoral research would not have been the same."
Dr Karin Bredin
Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden

"I am so delighted to know that Dr Karin Bredin has won the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Human resource management category. This prestigious prize bestows well-deserved recognition on Dr Bredin and her scientific work; and is a sign of the high quality of the faculty’s doctoral programmes. Her research is a significant contribution to our knowledge about project-based organizations from a HRM perspective useful in practice."
Professor Bo Hellgren
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden

"WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is proud that two of our young researchers have been honoured with the globally renowned Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards: Dr Dirk Breitschwerdt in the Operations and production management with his research on international production mandates; and also Dr Alex Michel in the field of Logistics and supply chain management with his research on behavioral supply management. The calibre of this research and its credit by Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the EFMD greatly reflects WHU’s strong efforts to promote leading academic research."
Professor Michael Frenkel
Dean, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

"I am delighted that two members of my research team received this prestigious Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This recognition of Dr Breitschwerdt´s and Dr Michel´s research is richly deserved. Dr Dirk Breitschwerdt was among the first to assess which production mandates are held by foreign subsidiaries of MNEs and what drives the mandate choice. Dr Alex Michel was among the first to systematically assess how human limitations influence supply manager's judgement and was able to explain the mechanics linking human being's vulnerability to decision biases to concrete supply management decision tasks. All in all, these two research projects provided an outstanding scientific contribution and significant managerial implications, congratulations."
Professor Lutz Kaufmann
Full Professor and Chair of International Business & Supply Management, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

"I am thoroughly delighted that my doctoral research on international production mandates has been chosen as the recipient of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Award in the category of Operations and production management. I would like to thank Emerald and the EFMD for providing such an opportunity to promote doctoral research. My sincere thanks and appreciation in supporting my research go to Professor Lutz Kaufmann (WHU, Germany) and Professor Stephan Wagner (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) for their great mentorship and invaluable impulses that were truly inspiring."
Dr Dirk Breitschwerdt
Alumnus Chair of International Business & Supply Management, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

"We are extremely pleased to learn that Dr Chao has been recognized with the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Leadership and organization development category. She is an exceptional teacher and scholar, and we look forward to her promising academic career. Her dissertation and subsequent research is offering important insights into the nature of leadership. Thank you."
Dr Jeremy Harris Lipschultz
The University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA

"It is a great honour for me to have won the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Leadership and organization development category. I highly appreciate Emerald’s efforts and support in inspiring quality research among novice researchers like me. I am confident that the impact of the award on research studies will be enduring and long-lasting for scholars around the world. In addition, my sincere thanks go to my advisor, Dr Louisa Ha, who has inspired me to academic excellence. I also appreciate Bowling Green State University’s significant input in my doctoral learning and the sustainable support of the University of Nebraska at Omaha for my academic career. Finally, I would like to say, my rewarded research is done for all the females throughout the world who aspire to become better leaders of tomorrow."
Dr Chin-Chung Chao
University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA

"I am very pleased and delighted to receive the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Knowledge management category. This award I believe, not only recognizes the importance of research on the future knowledge worker and the knowledge enabled enterprise but also reflects well on the investments and support the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University has made in both learning and research in this important field. The research was enabled and conducted under the excellent guidance of Professor Michael Stankosky and supported by the Institute for Knowledge and Innovation."
Dr Dan Holtshouse
The George Washington University, USA

"George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science is pleased and honoured to learn that Dr Dan Holtshouse was selected as winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Knowledge management category. Recognition of Dr Holtshouse is a reflection of the quality of our doctoral program, our faculty, and the candidates who enter our programme. Thank you for establishing this award programme, and for devoting time and resources to providing feedback to both our students and our school. My best wishes for continued success."
D.S. Dolling
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University, USA

"It is a great honour for me to win the 2009 Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Logistics and supply chain management. I am delighted that my PhD research on behavioural supply management has been judged by an international panel of acknowledged scholars to be of excellent quality. I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to my research, both at work and in my private life. Above all, special thanks to my supervisor Professor Lutz Kaufmann (WHU, Germany) and Professor Craig R. Carter (University of Nevada, USA) for their guidance and outstanding support within this project."
Dr Alex Michel
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

"I was honoured to be awarded the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Education and leadership strategy category. Such a prestigious award is very important in my academic career. My thesis was acknowledged as a contributing factor to the field of 'withdrawal behaviours among teachers by their ethics perception', which up to date focused mainly on aspects of motivation and background variables, and served as a base for my future research. I wish to convey my appreciation to my supervisor, Dr Zehava Rosenblatt, from the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel, for her inspiration in my research career and to my faculty members; and also Professor Haim Gaziel and Dr Josef Klein in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Policy, Bar Ilan University, Israel, for their support and encouragement. I am grateful to the Journal of Educational Administration for sponsoring this award and want to thank Emerald and the EFMD for providing such an opportunity for me. This recognition encourages me to seek continued research excellence in the educational administration field."
Dr Orly Shapira-Lishchinsky
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

"As the Head of School of Education at the Faculty of social sciences in Bar-Ilan University, I am extremely pleased to see that our colleague Dr Orly Shapira-Lishchinsky received the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Education and leadership strategy category. The research on organizational ethics as predictors of teachers' work withdrawal behaviours was both theoretically rich and practically significant. The award is very significant not only to Dr Shapira-Lishchinsky, whose excellent research has earned her this award, but also to Bar-Ilan University because it recognizes the quality of our faculty members. At Bar-Ilan University where research is emphasized and considered one of the main measures of quality, this award will, hopefully, motivate Dr Shpira-Lishchinsky as well as other faculty to reach new levels of excellence."
Professor Zemira  Mevarech
Head of School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

"I was delighted to hear that Orly Shapira-Lishchinsky has won the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Education and leadership strategy category. Orly did her dissertation under my guidance, and was one of my best students ever. I consider the topic of her dissertation - Organizational ethics as predictors of teachers' work withdrawal behaviours: absence, lateness and tendency to leave – an important contribution both to the theory of school ethics and work withdrawal and to managerial practice in regard to creating an ethical work environment. Orly is now a faculty member in Bar Ilan university, a leading university in Israel, and is a very prolific researcher."
Zehava Rosenblatt
Head of Center for Educational Evaluation and Administration, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

"I feel privileged to have won the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Hospitality management category, and appreciative of Emerald/EFMD’s ongoing commitment to encouraging excellence in research. It is particularly motivating to receive such an award, and I am delighted to be able to share my success with my doctoral supervisors at AUT University, Dr Heather Devere and Professor Charles Crothers. This prestigious award will no doubt increase interest in my work, which I hope has value to other researchers and industry practitioners, and the prize will be used to further my research into ethical issues and workplace problems in hospitality. Thank you to Emerald/EFMD for your support and encouragement."
Dr Jill Poulston
Faculty of Applied Humanities, AUT University, New Zealand

"I am delighted that my doctoral research has been chosen as the winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD outstanding doctorial in the category of Marketing research. Thanks to Emerald Group Publishing Limited, the European Foundation for Management Development and the judges for recognising my research project. As a young researcher, I am honoured that my work has been acknowledged by these prestigious institutions. I would like to show my sincere gratitude to my supervisor Dr Tina Harrison, for her sustainable support, and the University of Edinburgh Business School, for offering me a generous research fund to conduct this project. Special thanks go to all the participants for my research. Without their contribution, I couldn’t complete this project. I share this award with them, with my sincere gratitude for their assistance."
Dr Annie Pei-I Yu
The University of Edinburgh, UK

"Here at the University of Edinburgh Business School we are delighted that Annie Yu has been selected by the European Journal of Marketing as the winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Marketing research category. We knew that Annie had conducted a great piece of work in her thesis on customer engagement amongst retail banking consumers, and we much appreciate Emerald/EFMD's endorsement of this. The award is a great tribute to Annie and also to her PhD advisor, Tina Harrison."
Professor Nick Oliver
Head of School The University of Edinburgh Business School, UK

"I am very delighted to get this award from Emerald and the EFMD. It is very encouraging for scholars to be honoured by this global distinction for the work they put in to expand the body of knowledge in various disciplines. Emerald and the EFMD are doing great work by offering recognition to the emerging researchers in various fields through these Awards. I would like to thank them for their efforts."
Dr Vivek Sah
University of San Diego, USA

"Emerald and the EFMD are to be congratulated on their support of outstanding academic achievement among our young scholars. The importance of this exposure and encouragement is hard to overestimate. Dr Vivek Sah, winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Property investment and finance category, is the exact prototype of the bright, articulate, promising researcher who will leverage this honour to the maximum benefit of his discipline and the greater pursuit of knowledge. I thank you for your vision in honouring Dr Sah and other outstanding  young scholars."
Dr Julian Diaz III
Chair, Department of Real Estate, Georgia State University, USA

"I am deeply honoured that my doctoral research was recognized by the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Hospitality management category. I would like to thank Emerald and the EFMD for providing such an opportunity to promote doctoral research, particularly given the value of practical relevance in research, which my dissertation provided. This recognition has motivated me to continue my international research efforts in my career ahead. This award would not have happened without the constant support from my committee members and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management."
Dr Andrew Walls
Hospitality and Tourism Management Department, San Francisco State University, USA

"I am delighted to hear that Aseem has received this prestigious award. Throughout his dissertation he has shown exceptional research and writing skills, and this international award will be very important in advancing his career. We are immensely proud to have him as a member of our faculty. He will surely be an asset to the future development of the department and we are already witnessing his influence on the department’s publication and research profile. This is fortunate for the department’s research and for the students who learn from his knowledge."
Professor Dr Jan Mouritsen
Head of Department of Operations Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

"I am honoured to have received this Special Commendation for my doctoral dissertation in the Logistics and supply chain management category. Such recognition will only aid in creating a niche for my research area, and will help in profiling our research internationally. I would like to express my gratitude to my supervisor, the doctoral school and colleagues at the Department of Operations Management, and to so many others who have played an important role during my PhD studies. Both Emerald and the EFMD deserve special thanks for the review, and for this great initiative."
Dr Aseem Kinra
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

"I am delighted to know that the doctoral research of one of our faculty members, Dr Patricia Bachiller, has been given a Highly Commended Award as part of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. In 2006, a similar honour was received by Dr Ana Yetano, whose doctoral thesis was also directed by Professor Lourdes Torres. These awards are recognition of the excellence of the Faculty of Economics (University of Zaragoza, Spain). I would like to thank to Emerald and the EFMD for sponsoring them and encouraging high level quality research."
Professor J. Alberto Molina
Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Zaragoza, Spain

"I am honoured to have been chosen as a Highly Commended Award winner as part of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Management and governance category. I would like to thank Emerald and EFMD for this initiative and John Peters, editor of Management Decision, and the rest of judging panel for this recognition, which is highly appreciated and encourages me to continue my research in the area of privatization and liberalization of markets. I also wish to express my gratitude to the supervisor of this thesis, Professor Lourdes Torres, for all the advice she has provided."
Dr Patricia Bachiller
University of Zaragoza, Spain

"I am humbled to receive a Highly Commended Award in the Interdisciplinary accounting research category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I would like to thank Emerald, the EFMD and the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal for supporting emerging research and researchers. Special thanks must go to my supervisors Professor Trevor Hopper and Dr Robert Deuchars, and to Professor Judy Brown and Reader Geoff McLay for their continued support and inspiration. Each of these individuals has encouraged me to ask questions, to always ask ‘why’, and it is in this spirit that I conducted this research."
Dr David Carter
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

"The Faculty of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University of Wellington is delighted that Dr David Carter has been selected as a Highly Commended Award winner in the Interdisciplinary accounting research category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.  David's thesis “Crossing the wires: the interface between law and accounting and the discourse theory potential of telecommunications regulation” was ambitious, interdisciplinary, theoretically and empirically rich, and has policy implications for utility regulators internationally.  This award attests to the excellence of David's research, highlights his outstanding future potential as an academic and signals the School of Accounting and Commercial Law and Faculty's commitment to high-calibre interdisciplinary research.  I wish to extend my thanks to Emerald and the EFMD and the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal for sponsoring this prestigious award.  Congratulations again David on your outstanding achievement – we are very proud of you!"
Professor Robert A Buckle
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

"I am delighted and honoured to have received a Highly Commended Award in the Information science category. This honour helps me recognize the many scholars on whose research mine builds; my dissertation committee and iSchool for nourishing my work in a new area, orality; and, the generous support of the Fulbright Association, the University of Tampere, Finland, and others. Please extend a gracious thanks to those at Emerald Group Publishing Limited, the European Foundation for Management Development, the editor(s) of the Journal of Documentation, and the rest of the judging panel for honouring my work. It is a great and motivating privilege that also reflects tremendous foresight in sustaining high quality research and encouraging funding needed to support it."
Dr Deborah Turner
Drexel University, USA

"I am delighted that Dr Deborah Turner's dissertation research has been Highly Commended in the category of Information science as part of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Dr Turner's dissertation explicates a concept (oral documents) that has not been explored previously by the discipline and introduces novel techniques for operationalizing and observing this concept. I predict that this work is seminal and that it will be emulated by others in the field. Her dissertation research applies the theoretical lens of social constructionism, designs and applies an empirical method for observing oral information exchanges, and develops a rubric for isolating the qualities of an oral document such that these artefacts can be observed and validated in the field. Her work will inform the practice of information professionals who to date have focused primarily on the document in text forms."
Professor Harry Bruce
Dean, The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

"It is a great honour to have my doctoral research recognised as Highly Commended in the category of Educational leadership and strategy. I would like to thank both the Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the EFMD; and the Editor of the Journal of Educational Administration, the sponsoring journal. I would also like to acknowledge the intellectual environment provided by my colleagues in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Without them, this work would never have happened. While one does not do work in order to win awards, this kind of recognition provides the additional stimulus to maintain the intellectual journey and hopefully many contributions to Emerald journals in the future. Thank you."
Dr Scott Eacott
School of Education, The University of Newcastle, Australia

"The University of Newcastle's School of Education is delighted that Dr Scott Eacott is a Highly Commended Award winner in the Educational leadership and strategy category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Dr Eacott is an outstanding researcher in educational leadership, rapidly rising as a leader in this field in Australia and internationally. His doctoral work and ongoing scholarship has generated collaborations with some of the leading researchers in his field.  He is also playing a leading role in local developments in educational leadership, management and administration and contributes significantly to our excellent postgraduate programs."
Professor Jenny Gore
Head of School and Dean of Education,The University of Newcastle, Australia

"It is indeed an honour to be the recipient of a Highly Commended Award in the Management and governance category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I am proud to receive this award and would like to thank the selection committee for their recognition of my research on venture capital decision making, especially in these challenging economic times for entrepreneurs. This award marks the culmination of my doctoral work and motivates me to continue my research on entrepreneurship and managerial decision making."
Dr Jeffrey Petty
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

"HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne would like to congratulate the recipients of this year's Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards, which highlight the joint commitment of Emerald and the EFMD to knowledge development in the field of management. We are delighted that Jeffrey Petty, who recently graduated from our school, has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award winner in the Management and governance category. We would like to extend our best wishes for a fruitful and active research career to all award winners."
Professor Daniel Oyon
Dean, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland

"It is a great honour for me to have won 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards Highly Commended Award in the category of Leadership and organization development. Such a prestigious research award will be a valuable milestone in my continuing academic career. Also, I would like to convey my great appreciation to my dissertation advisor, Dr Judith A. Kolb at the Pennsylvania State University for her continuous moral support and outstanding academic inspiration in shaping my dissertation and research."
Dr Ji Hoon Song
Oklahoma State University, USA

"I am delighted that John McCabe has been chosen as the recipient of a Highly Commended Award from the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards panel for his thesis on Knowledge management. After beginning his career as an engineer on a merchant ship at the age of 15, John spent most of his life working in and consulting to large corporations, many of them oil companies. Despite his past successes and vast experience, John brought an eager thirst for knowledge, a learner's humility, an original mind, an engineer's precision and a storyteller's sensibilities to his practically grounded yet philosophically informed critique of contemporary knowledge management initiatives, producing a unique remapping of the territory. We are all thrilled at TYMS (The York Management School) because it reflects our commitment to our mature learners like John - who are just as capable of making a significant impact on knowledge as are our young stars of the future, and whose perennial and infectious enthusiasm is a lesson to us all. I am grateful to Emerald for recognising this and giving this priceless encouragement to a practical scholar who has contributed much to his field, but still has much more to contribute - and now has the scholarly confidence to do so."
Professor Stephen Linstead AcSS
Professor of Critical Management, The York Management School, University of York

"I am honoured to receive a Highly Commended Award in the Leadership and organization development category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I would like to thank Emerald and the EFMD for providing this opportunity for new researchers to gain this kind of recognition. This prominent award serves as an important achievement in my academic career. I am indebted to my supervisors Professor Ståle Einarsen and Professor Stig Berge Matthiesen for their kind support, inspiration, and constructive feedback during the work on my PhD project."
Dr Morten Birkeland Nielsen
Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway

"It is encouraging to have had my doctoral research recognized as a Highly Commended Award winner as part of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. This kind of acknowledgment stimulates researchers to guide scientific work closer to society in a world where problems are less manageable and science concerns little."
Dr Margarita Pérez Negrete
Universidad Iberoamericana, México City

"I am humbled that my research has been judged as a Highly Commended Award winner in the Human resource management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. This award encourages me to continue my research in this area and I will strive to prove myself worthy of this recognition. I will cherish this honour for a lifetime."
Dr Olga Chapa
University of Houston-Victoria, USA

"The University of Houston Victoria is proud of Dr Olga Chapa, recipient of the Highly Commended Award in the Human resource management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Recognition of doctoral students’ contributions to the literature through competitions such as this promotes the continuation of critical thinking and theoretical expansions in a global academic setting. We at the School of Business Administration congratulate Dr Chapa on this recognition. We are fortunate to have her as our colleague, and we are excited about the contributions she will continue to make to the research in her field, and about the ways her research will inform her teaching and inspire her students."
Farhang Niroomand
Dean, School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria, USA

"We are very pleased to be informed that the dissertation of our former PhD student Dr Ping Zhou has been recognized as a Highly Commended Award winner in the Information science category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Dr Ping Zhou’s work – in collaboration with her former supervisor Professor Leydesdorff – has drawn the attention worldwide with more than 100 citations in the ISI databases and more than 250 in Google Scholar in less than five years. The response has been impressive. It is our pleasure to express our congratulations with this Award. We look forward to further collaboration with Dr Ping Zhou as a colleague in this field."
Professor C. de Vreese
Scientific Director, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, The Netherlands

"It is my great honour to receive a Special Commendation in the Information science category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I would like to thank my supervisors Professor Loet Leydesdorff and Professor Wolfgang Glänzel for their precious comments and suggestions for the thesis entitled ‘Mapping knowledge production and scholarly communication’. I hope the thesis helps the world understand China more in relevant fields."
Dr Ping Zhou
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

"As Dean of Cardiff Business School, I would like to thank Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the EFMD for the initiative to acknowledge young scholars. We are delighted with the international recognition of Dr Taman Powell for his outstanding contribution, through his doctoral research, to our understanding of the knowledge related practices - an area of critical importance to business performance in the modern age. This significant achievement bestows well-deserved recognition on Taman, affirms the excellence of his doctoral work, and highlights his future potential as an academic. We are delighted to have Taman as part of our faculty."
Professor Robert McNabb
Dean of Cardiff Business School, UK

"“I am thrilled to have my doctoral research recognised by this award from Emerald and the EFMD. I feel I need to thank the ESRC for their financial support of my doctoral and post-doctoral research at Warwick Business School and Harvard Business School, my mentors Professor Howard Thomas (Warwick Business School), Professor John McGee (Warwick Business School), and Professor David Collis (Harvard Business School) for their support and encouragement, and Emerald and the EFMD for their acknowledgement."
Dr Taman Powell
Cardiff Business School, UK

"I am delighted that my PhD research has been recognised by the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards panel as being of exceptional quality and worthy of a Highly Commended Award in the Operations and production management category. This recognition is a source of great encouragement and a strong motivator to continue to strive towards excellence in research.  Special thanks go to Dr Benn Lawson for his guidance and for giving freely of his time, knowledge and expertise throughout the PhD process."
Dr Sinéad Carey
University of Bath, UK

"I am delighted that the excellence of Dr Carey's doctoral research has been recognised by this award. We are very proud of her at Bath and expect great things from her in the years to come."
Professor Richard Elliott
Dean, University of Bath School of Management, UK

"Completing a PhD is hard but satisfying work. For me it was the chance to bring together many years of research and professional work into a coherent and evidence-based model. The Emerald/EFMD award was a great chance to share this work with others, and to feel it valued and recognized. I was thrilled to have my work commended in this way."
Dr Philip Sugarman
CEO & Medical Director, St Andrew’s Healthcare, UK

"Philip Sugarman, now visiting Professor at The University of Northampton, crafted an excellent PhD thesis (by publication) based upon a series of high quality, thoughtful, pieces addressing the critical issue of governance in psychiatric hospital settings. His groundbreaking work brought together multi-disciplinary insights and considered experience to create a particularly robust offering which will impact both the academic and practitioner communities. The Northampton Business School is honoured to have Philip as a friend and mentor and to be party to such groundbreaking research."
Professor Ian Brooks
Dean, Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton, UK

"The Kent Business School is delighted that Dr Jawad Syed has been honoured with a Highly Commended Award as part of 2009 Emerald-EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Human resource management. Dr Syed is an exceptional researcher and a highly dedicated teacher and we are honoured and proud to have him as a member of our staff. His dissertation on a relational perspective on diversity management makes a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace. Dr Syed's recognition by Emerald/EFMD confirms our opinion of him as an outstanding and hard working scholar."
Professor Dennis Tourish
Kent Business School, UK

"I am honoured to receive this recognition by the prestigious Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the EFMD. This recognition encourages me to continue the development of new scientific knowledge and promote scientific research in Human resource management field. It also certifies the quality of research held in the Department of Management Science and Technology at Athens University of Economics and Business. Besides Emerald/EFMD, I would like to express my sincere thanks to my supervisor Adj Prof Nikolaou Ioannis."
Dr Maria Tomprou
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

"It is my great honour to receive the Highly Commended Award in the Operations and production management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.  First of all, I would like to thank the organizers and sponsors of the ODRA award.  Such recognition shows Emerald and the EFMD's foresight to promote high-quality research and demonstrates the International Journal of Operations and Production Management’s commitment to encouraging in-depth studies on industry-relevant practices. Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to my supervisor, Professor Mike Gregory, and my Cambridge colleagues at the Institute for Manufacturing (IFM) for their unwavering support throughout the course of my PhD studies.  Finally, I would like to dedicate this award to all of the 40 practitioners who provided invaluable information for the empirical part of my dissertation; it was their years of knowledge and experience that unveiled the modern phenomenon of service business development by capital goods manufacturers in industrialized economies."
Dr Guang-Jie Ren
IBM Almaden Research Center, USA

"I am absolutely delighted that my colleague Dr Joanne Taylor has been awarded a Special Commendation in the Hospitality management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. This is a highly prestigious award and on behalf of all my colleagues at Salford Business School I would like to congratulate Dr Taylor and to thank her for the prestige this also brings to the School."
Professor John Wilson
Head, Salford Business School, University of Salford, UK

"After being immersed in PhD research for years, it can feel like a strange anticlimax when it is all finally over! The process of applying for this prestigious and exciting set of awards, and then receiving a Special Commendation, has renewed my enthusiasm and sense of achievement in my PhD, and I believe that it will do so for other new researchers. I am honoured to join the international group of researchers who have received past and present Emerald/EFMD awards, and would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisors, Professor Eunice Taylor and Kevin Kane, Salford Business School, and the Emerald/EFMD team."
Dr Joanne Zaida Taylor
University of Salford, UK

"I am very proud that our graduate, Dr Zhenjiao Chen, has been honoured with the Highly Commended Award as part of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. The College of Business at City University of Hong Kong strives to be a global leader in research, and her achievement testifies to the high standard that we aspire to. I thank Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the EFMD for establishing these awards to acknowledge the accomplishments of young scholars."
K. K. Wei
Dean and Chair Professor of Information Systems, College of Business, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"It is my great honour to win a Highly Commended Award in the Management and governance category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I feel very much encouraged by this recognition of my novel approach to studying implicit feedback for strategic management theory. Emerald and the EFMD’s spirit to nurture more high-quality research by young scholars serves as a great source of inspiration for doctoral students in strategic management theory who are trekking the road to the completion of a dissertation. I would like to thank Emerald and the EFMD for providing young scholars such as myself with an international platform to display our research outcomes. I would also like to thank Management Decision for sponsoring this award. I am tremendously indebted to my PhD advisor Professor Yihua Wang, without whom my work would not have been the same and wish that she will soon recover her health; and my dissertation committee members Dr Debin Du, Dr Wenwen Liu and Dr Jianbo Zhao, as well as my research mentors Professor Donghong Li and Professor Libo Fan for their guidance and encouragement. I will share this commendation with them with gratitude."
Dr Zhenning Yang
University of International Business and Economics, China

"I am delighted to know that Dr Zhenning Yang received the Highly Commended Award in the Management and governance category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Such recognition is not only honorable for him, but also precious for our Business School as well as the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). I am sure that this award will act as a stimulus for other young scholars to continually develop more high-quality scientific research in management. My thanks go to Emerald and the EFMD for bringing us this opportunity to be exposed more extensively to the international academic platform. The award is very significant not only to Dr Zhenning Yang, whose excellent research has earned his this award but also to University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) because it recognizes the quality of the research that is being undertaken by its doctoral researchers and, in turn, reflects the quality of staff that develop more high-quality research. I congratulate the organizers for their innovation and efforts in developing and running this prestigious award."
Professor Libo Fan
Associate Dean, Business School, University of International Business and Economics, China

"I am delighted and greatly honoured to know that Dr Zhenning Yang has received the Highly Commended Award in the Management and governance category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Dr Zhenning Yang is my doctoral student at Tsinghua University, and is an exceptional young scholar. His dissertation makes a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the subject of strategic management and organizational theory. His recognition by Emerald/EFMD confirms our opinion of him as an outstanding and innovative researcher."
Professor Yihua Wang
Professor, Department of Business Strategy and Policy, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China

"I am honoured to have been chosen as a Highly Commended Award winner as part of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Property investment and finance category. I thank Emerald and the EFMD for recognising this research as it will facilitate in taking forward the research agenda on city competitiveness. This prestigious award reflects on the outstanding research reputation of the School of the Built Environment and in this regard, I wish to particularly acknowledge the guidance and mentoring received from Professor Stanley McGreal and Professor Jim Berry."
Dr Shaleen Singhal
School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, UK

"I am truly delighted that Dr Singhal has received this esteemed Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for his thesis that is both an honour for him and the university. The findings of Shaleen’s research are highly significant as they will help to advance the debate on city competitiveness reinforcing the links with regeneration and business for cities in both mature and emerging economies."
Professor Stanley McGreal
Director, Built Environment Research Institute, University of Ulster, UK

"I am delighted to have been chosen as a Highly Commended Award winner in the Knowledge management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. This award gives weight to research into the measurement of knowledge as a factor of production in the knowledge-based economy. I am grateful to my thesis co-supervisors, Chun Wei Choo and Brian Silverman, at the University of Toronto for having shaped my research with thought-provoking questions and comments."
Dr Herman van den Berg
University of Toronto, Canada

"Having received a lot of developmental critique on my thesis from many different sources, it felt great to receive an award for my doctoral research that only focused on its merits! However, I am confident that the thesis would not have won this award was it not for all this valuable feedback. Most valuable of all was the feedback and support I received from my supervisor Professor Vesa Suutari and the Department of Management at the University of Vaasa. This award has given me a great deal of confidence to complete the work I started in my doctoral research."
Dr Adam Smale
University of Vaasa, Finland

"Thank you most sincerely to Emerald and the EFMD for the Highly Commended Award in the Human resource management category of the 2009 Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. The satisfaction of having one's work appreciated by others makes the sometimes lonely days of struggling with literature reviews and conceptual ambiguities now seem worthwhile. It is a pleasure to know that this award raises the profile of my research, so that my findings which have important human resource management implications can be shared with the wider community. The Emerald/EFMD award has added an important measure of credibility to my work. This has led to a more genuine level of mutual respect with my workplace colleagues. Thank you to Emerald and the EFMD! Thank you, too, to Dr James Reveley and Dr Karin Garrety, my two PhD supervisors."
Dr Peter McLean
University of Wollongong, Australia

"The School of Management at the University of Bath is delighted that one of its staff has won a Highly Commended Award and that her doctoral research has been recognised by the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Management and governance category. Johanne Grosvold's achievement is a great testament to her ability and hard work, and also to her supervisor. I extend my warmest congratulations to her."
Professor Richard Elliott
Dean of the School of Management, University of Bath

"I feel honoured to be recognized as a Highly Commended Award winner by the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Management and governance category. This prestigious award holds special significance for me as it has created useful opportunities to disseminate my research among both academicians and practitioners in the area of business process outsourcing in India. At the same time it has inspired my students to engage in high quality research and aim for excellence in their work as well. I look forward to continued support from Emerald and the EFMD in my future research. Thank you for the recognition and encouragement."
Professor Kirti Sharda
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India

"It is a great pleasure and honour to have received the Highly Commended Award from the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research in the Information science category. I was fortunate enough to be presented with the award in person at an event organized by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The UNAM supported my doctoral studies and it was a real pleasure to receive this recognition. I feel as if I am beginning to give something back. I am also particularly indebted to my supervisors Dave Nicholas and Claire Warwick, from UCL, who guided my research. I am also grateful to Emerald for providing young researchers with this opportunity for our work to be recognized. This recognition only furthers my resolve and commitment towards continuing with research."
Dr Isabel Galina
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico

"I was absolutely delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award in the Hospitality Management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I was very proud to be considered for the awards, and to win an award was just extraordinary, considering the calibre of my fellow candidates! This achievement will demonstrate to my students that recognition for their hard work during their studies can happen. I was impressed with the high level of professionalism demonstrated throughout the award process, including the solicitation of nominations, reviewing and judging, level of communication, and the award presentation. I would like to thank Emerald and the EFMD, the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and everyone involved in the coordination of these awards for taking the initiative and the time to focus on the positive outcomes that can happen when graduate students work hard."
Dr Baker Ayoun
Auburn University, USA

"I am very pleased to learn that Dr Hui Sun has received a Highly Commended Award in the Educational leadership and strategy category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Dr Sun's PhD is one of the first empirical studies to examine how students’ academic performance is affected by the built environment. The study is an interdisciplinary empirical research that has important implications for land use, housing, transportation, environmental and education policies. The Department of Real Estate and Construction at The University of Hong Kong strives for excellence in interdisciplinary research that has practical and policy implications. Dr Sun’s PhD research is a good example of the nature of research work in the department. I would like to congratulate Dr Hui Sun and her supervisor Dr L H Li for completing an excellent research project."
Professor K W Chau
Chair Professor, Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong

"I am extremely pleased to be named as a Highly Commended Award winner in the Human resource management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Receiving such an award is in a way receiving positive feedback, and, as an occupational health researcher, I know that feedback is a critical factor for motivation. As with publications, I believe this award should be co-authored, in particular by Prof Dr Hans De Witte, who supervised my PhD. But also by the colleagues from the European PSYCONES project (Psychological Contracting Across Employment Situations), many of whom have actually co-authored the publications in the PhD. Furthermore I would like to express my gratitude to the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO-Vlaanderen) for funding first my PhD research project and now my post-doctoral research."
Nele De Cuyper
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

"I am delighted and honored to have received a Highly Commended Award in the Leadership and organization development category. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisors Professor Heiner Evanschitzky, University of Strathclyde, and Professor Dieter Ahlert, University of Muenster, for their guidance and support throughout the PhD process. Moreover, many thanks to the Emerald and the EFMD for this initiative promoting doctoral research."
Dr Christof Backhaus
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

"I am deeply honored that my doctoral research was recognized by the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Marketing research category. I would like to thank Emerald and the EFMD for supporting emerging research and young researchers. Special thanks must go to my supervisors Professor Dieter Ahlert and Professor Heiner Evanschitzky for their continued support and inspiration."
Dr Markus Blut
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

"I am honoured to have received a Highly Commended Award in the Management and governance category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I thank Emerald, the EFMD, and the sponsoring journal Management Decision for honouring my work. I am indebted to my doctoral advisors Professor Guenter Mueller-Stewens and Professor Steven Floyd at the University of St. Gallen for their support and encouragement. Special thanks go to Professor David Collis at Harvard Business School for his support. I would also like to acknowledge the Swiss National Science Foundation for providing me with the financial means to carry out part of my dissertation research at Harvard."
Dr Markus Menz
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

"As supervisor of Nele De Cuyper’s PhD on ‘Temporary employment: associations with employees' attitudes, well-being and behaviour. A test of different explanations’, I’m quite delighted that Personnel Review has chosen her as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Human resource management category. Dr De Cuyper indeed is an outstanding young scholar, with an exceptional quantitative and qualitative output. It is really gratifying to see that her innovative work is noticed and rewarded with this important Award. I’m sure that it will give her and her work an additional impetus and look forward to the results of that work."
Professor Hans De Witte
Full Professor Work Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

"I am absolutely delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award in the Marketing research category. My special thanks go to my supervisors Professor Dieter Ahlert (University of Muenster) and Professor Heiner Evanschitzky (University of Strathclyde); as well as Emerald, the EFMD and the European Journal of Marketing. This recognition is a great honour for me and confirmed my resolution to continue my research in this area."
Dr Christian Brock
Zeppelin University, Germany

"I was pleased to learn that Jennifer Berryman's thesis was declared the Winner in the Information science category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Jennifer's research clearly excels both theoretically and in terms of its practical applications. We are proud of her achievement, and that our Information and Knowledge Management programme which has nurtured it."
Professor Theo van Leeuwen
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

"Congratulations to all those who have been recognized by this outstanding international awards program. The recipients are given a boost on their career trajectories, set the standard for those who follow, and represent potential future giants in their respective fields. The entire faculty of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is delighted that Xin Fu, a recent doctoral graduate, has been honored with the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Information Science. This significant achievement bestows well-deserved recognition on Xin Fu, affirms the excellence of his doctoral work, highlights his future potential and, in turn, reflects positively on the quality on our doctoral program."
Professor José-Marie Griffiths
Dean, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"I am absolutely delighted to know that the doctoral research of two of our alumni, Dr. Raveendra Chittoor and Dr. Sumita Ketkar, has been chosen for Highly Commended Awards of the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. A similar honour was received by Dr. Narasimha Kamath in 2007. Such prestigious honours bear testimony to the emphasis that we, at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, place on promotion of high quality research towards creating new knowledge in business and management."
Professor Saibal Chattopadhyay
Dean (Programme Initiatives), Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India

“I am honoured to have won the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Knowledge Management subject category. Such a prestigious award is an important first milestone of achievements in my new found academic career. The recognition of my thesis as contributing to the field of Knowledge Management serves as a foundation for my continued research and subsequent publication ambitions. It has reinforced my confidence in my ability to make a continuing contribution to knowledge that is both academically relevant and useful in practice. Thank you Emerald and EFMD for sponsoring these awards as they serve to promote the up and coming thought leaders to our peers and reward us for our efforts in completing our Theses.”
Dr. Johannes Dumay
Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney, Australia

"It is a great honour for me to have my PhD doctoral dissertation recognized by the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Management and Governance category. By awarding this prestigious prize to a PhD with a strong input from practice and management experience, the Emerald Group and the European Foundation for Management Development recognize the value of practical relevance in research, which is of particular importance in the field of Management and Governance. This prize is also an encouragement to pursue my empirical research at an international level, with partners in other countries. An international award does also constitute a great honour for the researcher’s institution: Ghent University and the Vlerick Management School."
Dr. Yves Fassin
Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department, Ghent University and the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium

"It is a great honour to have been chosen as Special Commendation winner in the Hospitality Management category of the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards for my research into travel risk and travel risk perceptions. Having my doctoral research recognised in this way provides further stimulus to my research and academic ambitions. I am really grateful to Emerald/EFMD for not only operating this recognition scheme but also for all their time and effort in reviewing the many submissions and the professional way they deliver the results. Thank you!"
Dr. Yeganeh Morakabati
School of Services Management, Bournemouth University, UK

"I would like to thank the Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the EFMD for the initiative to acknowledge young scholars. It has been a great honor for me to have my PhD project research recognized by Highly Commended Awards from Emerald. One of the articles from my dissertation has been published in Management Decision and was chosen as the 2006 December Highlight, in January 2007 it received Emerald Literati Network’s 2007 Highly Commended Award and in December 2008 the whole dissertation received a Highly Commended Award in the Management and Governance category."
Professor Karina Skovvang Christensen
School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark

“The Kemmy Business School is delighted with this international recognition of Dr. Christine Cross for her outstanding contribution, through her doctoral thesis, to our understanding of the factors influencing the continuing limited representation of women in key managerial functions in organisations. Her insightful study is further evidence of the high standard of scholarship emanating from the School on workplace issues which are critically important to business performance in the modern age”
Professor Donal A Dineen
Dean, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland

“I am thoroughly delighted that my Doctoral research has been chosen as the recipient of the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Award in the category of Leadership and Organisation Development. Receiving this prestigious award is a great honour for me personally, for the awarding institution (Cork Institute of Technology) and for our Business School (Kemmy Business School). I believe the continuing support of these awards creates an important opportunity for the dissemination of the valuable research undertaken at Doctoral level. Many people contributed to my dissertation, including the research participants, my supervisor (Dr. Margaret Linehan) and my colleagues and I share this award with them, with my sincere gratitude for their assistance.”
Dr. Christine Cross
University of Limerick, Ireland

“It is a great honour to receive the Highly Commended Award in the category of Management and Governance for my dissertation research. My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Emerald and EFMD for supporting and encouraging good doctoral research through these awards, which are of immense value for aspiring researchers like me. I also wish to use this opportunity to convey my great appreciation for my thesis advisor Prof. Sougata Ray for the wonderful and inspiring role he played in shaping my research career.”
Professor Raveendra Chittoor
Strategic Management Department, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India

“The Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Human Resource Management subject category is a highly appreciated recognition of my research work and a very strong incentive to continue with the research agenda that was introduced in my dissertation. I firmly believe that the excellent reputation of the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the research community will enhance my efforts to promote the social network perspective on human resource management”
Dr. Robert Kaše
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

“It is a great honor to win Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Hospitality Management, sponsored by International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Emerald’s initiative to nurture quality research by young scholars serves as a great source of inspiration for doctoral students in Hospitality Management who are trekking the road to the completion of a dissertation. I appreciate Emerald and IJCHM’s efforts in motivating research excellence among young scholars who just embark on a journey of a long academic career. The impact of this award on hospitality research will be long-lasting. As a winner of this prestigious award, I would like to recognize Penn State University’s tremendous input in my doctoral education and Purdue University’s sustainable support for my post-graduate research initiatives.”
Dr. Li Miao
Hospitality and Tourism Management Dept, Purdue University, USA

"The excellent study by Dr. Michael Gross demonstrates the value of applying concepts developed in consumer behaviour and environmental psychology to gain further insight about the nature of the tourist experience. The findings demonstrated the way factors such as those associated with food and wine products and services, in the case of South Australia, help create a distinctive lifestyle that becomes an important part of the destination experience."
Dr. Graham Brown
Professor of Tourism Management, School of Management, University of South Australia, Australia

"The award is very significant not only to Dr. Yeganeh Morakabati who's excellent research has earned her this award but also to Bournemouth University because it recognises the quality of the research that is being undertaken by its doctoral researchers and, in turn, reflects the quality of staff that guide our undergraduate and postgraduate students on their taught programmes. I congratulate the organisers for their innovation and efforts in developing and running this prestigious award."
Professor John Fletcher
Head, Bournemouth University Graduate School, UK

"It is my great honor to win the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Information Science. I feel very much encouraged by this recognition of my novel approach to studying implicit feedback for Web search. It will serve as an inspiration for my future research in interactive Web search techniques. I would like to thank Emerald/EFMD for providing young researchers such as myself with an international platform to display our research outcomes and gain recognition early in our careers. I would also like to thank Journal of Documentation for sponsoring this award in the Information Science category and for being a valuable source of scholarly information over the years. I am tremendously indebted to my Ph.D. advisor Dr. Gary Marchionini, without whom my work would not have been the same; and my dissertation committee members Dr.s Deborah Barreau, Diane Kelly, Barbara Wildemuth, and Cheng Xiang Zhai, as well as my research mentor Dr. Peter Ingwersen for their guidance and encouragement. I will share this commendation with them with gratitude."
Dr. Xin Fu
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"This recognition of Dr. Norris' research is richly deserved. His outstanding research explored the topical and contentious issue of whether Open Access journal articles receive more citations than toll access journals, and if so, why. His work demonstrated that the reasons for the increase of citations are complex and cannot be explained away in a simplistic fashion, as some have tried to do."
Professor Charles Oppenheim
Head of Department and Professor of Information Science, Loughborough University, UK

"I am delighted and honoured to have had my doctoral research recognised through this Highly Commended Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. I would like to thank the Information Science Department at City University, London, where I gained my PhD, for their enthusiasm and support of my work. Information history is a young field and for my research in this area to be acknowledged for its excellence by an international panel of my peers gives me great enthusiasm for my future academic career."
Dr. Toni Weller
History Department, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

"Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards has over the years become an important international event that doctoral management students eagerly look forward to participate in. This award provides an excellent forum for the doctoral students all over the world to benchmark the quality of their research and to strive for higher excellence in their future research outputs. The healthy competition that this award has spawned has definitely helped in motivating our students to raise the quality of their research to international standards. We are extremely proud that in 2008 two of our doctoral students, Dr. Sumita Ketkar and Dr. Raveendra Chittoor, have won this prestigious award."
Professor P. K. Sett
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India

"It is a great honour for me to receive a Highly Commended Award for the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management subject category. I would like to thank Emerald and EFMD for providing such an opportunity to promote doctoral research. I also would like to thank the judging panel for their recognition of my work as being of exceptionally high quality. This recognition encourages me to seek continued research excellence in my academic career."
Xiaohong Liu
School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University, UK

“I am very appreciative of the recognition that my former doctoral student, Dr. Asher Raz, recently received from the Emerald Group. The fact that his doctoral dissertation was chosen for a Highly Commended Award winner in the Human Resource Management category is an honor that we will cherish for a long time. The research by Dr. Raz was both theoretically rich and practically significant and I am confident will have an effect on how letter of recommendations are written in the future. At Bar-Ilan University where research is emphasized and considered one of main measures of quality for both faculty and graduate students, this award will, hopefully, motivate others to reach new levels of excellence.”
Professor Meni Koslowsky
Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

“Many thanks to Emerald/EFMD for this delight and honour, and to the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management for sponsoring the Hospitality Management award category. I am thrilled to learn that the award committee has recognised my doctoral work for my thesis titled ‘A conceptualisation of lifestyle tourism’. This research is an outcome of a project funded by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), established by the Australian Commonwealth Government. The study is a collaboration between the STCRC, the University of South Australia, and the South Australian Tourism Commission. I also enjoyed wonderful support from my supervisors Professor Graham Brown and Dr Chris Brien. I hope the thesis and works published from it will be of some use in advancing knowledge frontiers around lifestyle tourism, and where tourism experiences, consumer involvement, and place attachment interact.”
Dr. Michael Gross
School of Management, University of South Australia, Australia

"It is indeed an honour to receive a Highly Commended Award from the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards panel. It is a token of encouragement, and motivation to pursue and excel in good quality research. I am sure that this award will set an example and will encourage researchers to get their quality research recognized by the esteemed judging panel of Emerald."
Dr Arshinder Kaur
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

"The ODRA award is an acknowledgement of not only Dr Arshinder’s outstanding research in supply chain coordination but also to the enabling research environment provided by IIT Delhi where she pursued her research. Dr Arshinder’s achievement is a matter of pride for all of us at IIT Delhi. This professional recognition will be highly cherished by the research group at IIT Delhi and IIT Madras where Dr Arshinder is currently employed. We are confident that the award will act as a motivator and stimulant to pursue high quality research. The award will go a long way to act as a driver to publish in international journals with high impact factors. We are grateful to Emerald /EMFD for such a laudable initiative."
Professor Arun Kanda and Professor SG Deshmukh
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

"I was delighted to learn that one of our PhD graduates, Dr. Xiaohong Liu, has received an Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for her thesis on the competitiveness of logistics service providers in China and the UK. This reflects very well on both Dr. Liu and our Logistics Research Centre here at Heriot-Watt University.”
Professor Alan McKinnon
Director of the Logistics Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

“Kevin Murphy [winner of the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Highly Commended Doctoral Research Award (ODRA) in the Hospitality Management subject category], is an exceptional researcher and a highly dedicated teacher and we are honored and proud to have him as a member of our faculty. His dissertation makes a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the subject of Strategic Management in Hospitality enterprises. His recognition by Emerald/EFMD confirms our opinion of him as an outstanding and innovative researcher.”
Dr. Abraham Pizam
Dean & Linda Chapin Eminent Scholar Chair in Tourism Management Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Hospitality Management Rosen College of Hospitality Management University of Central Florida, USA

"I am pleased to have had my doctoral research recognised by being a Highly Commended Award winner in the Information Science category of the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. The award recognises not only my individual effort but the quality of the Doctoral programme within the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, my supervisors and the many staff who have been party to my endeavour."
Dr. Michael Norris
Information Science Department, Loughborough University, UK

"I am delighted to know that Dr. Jingying Feng received the Highly Commended 2008 Emerald/EFMD Doctoral Research Award in the field of Human Resource Management. Such recognition is not only honorable for herself, but also precious for our school as well as our university. I am sure this award will act as a stimulus for other researchers and students to continually develop more high-quality scientific researches in management. My thanks go to Emerald for bringing us an opportunity to be exposed more extensively to the international academic sphere. We are looking forward to cooperating with other institutions in the world to conduct research on a global scale, in which Emerald could play an important role as a bridge."
Dr. James Jian-Min Sun
Associate Dean, School of Labor and Human Resource, Renmin University of China

"I am absolutely delighted and it is a great honour for me to have won a 2008 Emerald/EFMD Highly Commended Award in the Information Science subject category. I highly appreciate the help and enlightenment of my supervisor, Professor Yi-Jun Li. I would like to thank the School of Management at Harbin Institute of Technology where I gained my PhD. I would like to thank my co-authors Professor Da-Ren Yu and my research team members, Dr Yi-Hong Rong, Dr. Liang Wang and Minyang Wang, for their support and help. I would like to thank Emerald and EFMD for providing such an opportunity for me. This recognition will encourage me to seek continued research excellence in the Information Science subject.”
Dr. Guang Yu
School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

"I am delighted to hear that Dr Guang Yu has been awarded the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Research Fund Award. Guang Yu’s doctorial thesis yields fruitful results and this recognition of her research is richly deserved. As the agent of Management School of Harbin Institute of Technology, my hearty thanks are given to the staff of Emerald/EFMD for providing such an opportunity for young researchers to promote doctoral research and the judges for their hard work and strict academic attitude.”
Professor Bo Yu
Dean of School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

"I am delighted with Dr Ozlem Bak’s Highly Commended Award in the Operations and Production Management subject category; a clear evidence of her commitment to producing new knowledge and her great potential for the future. Her research was positioned within the Strategic Management Operation Centre (SOMC) in our School, which continues to reflect the importance of agile supply chain management as a research area in the School."
Professor Nikolaos Tzokas
Head of Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK

"It is a great honour to receive the Emerald 2008 Highly Commended Award in the Operations and Production Management category. My sincere thanks and appreciation in shaping my research career goes to my supervisor Prof. Robert H. Lowson who we unfortunately lost. I would also like to thank Norwich Business School, UEA for the support. I wanted especially to thank Prof. Naresh Pandit and Prof. Herbert Kotzab for the support and inspiration.”
Dr. Ozlem Bak
Business School, University of Brighton, UK

"It is a great honour to have my doctoral thesis recognised as being of exceptional quality through the Highly Commended Award for the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. I am delighted to have my thesis entitled, ‘The Determinants and Consequences of Emotional Responses Towards Tourist Destinations’ selected for this highly competitive and prestigious award. Such an international recognition will only serve as an encouragement and motivation for me to further pursue state of the art research in the area of consumer emotions. I would like to thank Emerald and EFMD for their initiatives, through the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, of promoting, supporting and encouraging research excellence across a number of disciplines. I also wish to convey my appreciation for my supervisors, Prof. David Gilbert and Dr. Yuksel Ekinci for their inspirations in the early stages of my research career."
Dr. Sameer Hosany
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

"I am truly delighted that my Doctoral research student, Sameer Hosany has been chosen as the recipient of the Highly Commended Award for the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for his thesis. Receiving this prestigious award is a great honour for the School of Management at the University of Surrey, Dr Sameer Hosany and me personally. It is thanks to Emerald that these awards can focus due attention on the knowledge and research undertaken at Doctoral level in a specialist area - which may then be of benefit to others building on previous work. I am sure Sameer realises the debt of gratitude he owes to a high number of individuals who supported his studies and knows that this is an important step in his career as an academic.”
Prof. David Gilbert
Professor of Marketing, University of Surrey, UK

"It has been a great honour for me to win the 2008 Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Quality Management. The recognition of my work gives me a feeling of great pleasure and encouragement. I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to my research, especially to my supervisor Borut Rusjan, PhD, Associate Professor at the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics, without whom my work would not have been the same. My research on the ISO 9000 quality management systems (QMS) was practice-relevant and already applied. It introduced a new quantitative evaluation method for assessment of the value of the QMS internal audit outcome for the company. I would like the developed ideas, the evaluation model and other results of the research to be used and developed further for different applications and research in the quality and risk management."
Dr. Milena Alič
Quality manager, Organization, Quality and Environment Division, Mercator, d.d., Ljubljana, Slovenia

"We are truly honoured to hear that three of our PhD graduates, Milena Alič, Robert Kaše and Jaka Lindič won the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for the year 2008. The award is accepted as a sign of recognition that that the Faculty of Economics (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) educates the best economists in the region. It is also an acknowledgement of the excellence of our junior colleagues' research work and I am very proud to be the dean of the institution where they developed their outstanding knowledge."
Professor Dušan Mramor
Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

"It's a great honor for me that my thesis was recognized by the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.I would like to thank my supervisor Professor Gang Zhang for his wonderful direction in my reseach,my wife Ningxuan Yu for her love, and I wish my works would be useful for regions to develop their own industrial clusters and firms in it."
Mr. Xu Qian
Business Administration Dept, Zhejiang University, China

"Receiving the worldwide Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Supply Chain and Logistics Management is a great honor for me. I am delighted that my Doctoral dissertation on corporate sustainability in the supply chain has been judged by an international panel of established scholars to be of excellent quality. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all who have supported me in conducting this research. Above all, my utmost thanks go to Professor Lutz Kaufmann (WHU, Germany), Professor Martin Fassnacht (WHU, Germany) and Professor Craig R. Carter (University of Nevada, USA) whose great mentorship and invaluable insights inspired me to explore exciting avenues and always gave me confidence in advancing my work to its final form."
Dr. Matthias Ehrgott
Alumnus Chair of International Business & Supply Management, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

"I am delighted that Dr. Matthias Ehrgott’s research on the topic of social and environmental sustainability in supplier management has been chosen as the Winner of the prestigious Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This international recognition of Dr. Ehrgott's research is richly deserved. He has delivered outstanding results with regard to both his contributions to the young literature on sustainability in the supply chain as well as the managerial implications of his research. Exploring the determinants and outcomes of firms’ social and environmental efforts in the management of their suppliers, Dr. Ehrgott’s research is one of the most comprehensive conceptual and empirical studies on the issue of corporate sustainability in the purchasing function."
Professor Lutz Kaufmann
Full Professor and Chair of International Business & Supply Management, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

"WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is delighted that one of our young researchers, Dr. Matthias Ehrgott, has been selected as the Winner of the globally renowned Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This award truly helps in encouraging and acknowledging excellence in international business and management research. Congratulations to Matthias Ehrgott for his great achievement and the recognition of his excellent Ph.D. thesis on social and environmental sustainability in supplier management. The calibre of this research and its credit by the Emerald Group and EFMD greatly reflects WHU’s strong efforts to promote leading academic research."
Professor Michael Frenkel
Dean, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

“I would like to thank Emerald/EFMD and the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management for sponsoring the 2008 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for Hospitality Management. Receiving the Highly Commended award for my PhD dissertation served as a powerful affirmation, encouraging me to further pursue this line of research in my field. I hope this award program continues to inspire young researchers like myself for years to come. This award certainly was a great honor, not only for me, but also for my mentors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Carol Shanklin and Dr. Ki-Joon Back for their guidance and immeasurable support in the process.”
Dr. Amelia Adora Asperin
Applied Research Division, NFSMI, The University of Southern Mississippi, USA

"I am really excited to have won a Highly Commended Award in the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards competition. I would like to thank the people at the Emerald Group and the European Foundation for Management Development for their kind recognition of the quality of my doctoral research. I would also like to thank the editors of Management Decision and their judging panel for selecting me for the award in the Management and Governance category in the competition. This award has further strengthened my decision to publish internationally and share my research findings on international cross cultural management with the international communities of scholars and practitioners."
Dr. Xibao Zhang
International Economics and Trade, Qingdao University, China

"The faculty in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics at Kansas State University were so pleased to learn that Dr. Amelia Asperin received an Emerald/EMFD Highly Commended Doctoral Research Award in 2008 for her doctoral research in hospitality management. Dr. Asperin is now a research scientist at the National Food Service Management Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. We are delighted to know that the research skills that Amelia gained while pursuing her PhD at Kansas State University have been recognized with this award, and that she carries strong research expertise to her position with NFSMI. The field of hospitality management is a critical player in the world's economy and now, more than ever, rigorous research is vital to provide guidance to this industry. Thank you for recognizing Dr. Asperin and the faculty who guided her at Kansas State University."
Dr. Deborah D. Canter
Dept. of Hospitality Management and Dietetics Kansas State University, USA

"I am so glad to know that one of our faculty members, Dr. Feng Jing-ying, has been honored with the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Human Resource Management subject category. The award is not only significant to Dr. Feng but also a great source of inspiration for young scholars who are doing high quality research in our school. I also wish to use this opportunity to convey my great appreciation to the editors of Personnel Review and the judging panel for their wonderful work in choosing the outstanding candidates."
Associate Professor Li Xiufeng
Chair, Department of Public Administration, China Youth University for Political Sciences, Beijing, China

“I am delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award by the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards panel in the Marketing Strategy category. This recognition provides me with inspiration for undertaking outstanding academic research in the field of marketing and strategic management. My award also reflects the excellence in research supervision of my supervisor Professor Aron O’Cass, and signifies the striving for excellence in academic research at Newcastle Business School.”
Dr Liem Viet Ngo
Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle, Australia

“The Newcastle Business School is delighted that Dr Liem Ngo has been honoured with the 2008 Emerald-EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Marketing Strategy. Dr Ngo is an outstanding marketing researcher, publishing innovative and distinctive research in leading marketing journals. Besides his key role as member of an outstanding team of marketing research scholars in the Newcastle Business School, Dr Ngo is a talented teacher in our marketing teaching program.”
Professor Stephen Nicholas
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle, Australia

“The recognition that these awards confer on a young academic at the start of their career is very significant. We at the University of Newcastle are delighted by Dr Ngo’s success in gaining a Highly Commended award in the Marketing Strategy subject category. It is a pleasure to see Dr Ngo’s Doctoral research has been honoured in this way. For our students at the University of Newcastle it is also a clear indication that hard work and dedication to the pursuit of excellence is recognised. It is also a sign to current students that they are being taught by one of the best young academics in his field. At the University of Newcastle we constantly promote high quality research and try to provide an environment that is supportive in undertaking high quality research. I hope this achievement will act as a stimulus for other researchers and schools to continually develop new academic knowledge and innovative management techniques. Dr Ngo has achieved much success and his recognition by Emerald and the European Foundation for Management Development provides inspiration to other Doctoral students and their supervisors.”
Professor Aron O’Cass
Chair of Marketing, Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle, Australia

"I am delighted at the success of Sami Farooq in achieving 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. These annual awards show the continued commitment of Emerald/EFMD in promoting and disseminating the latest research and acknowledging the achievements of upcoming researchers. This award for Dr Farooq also reflects on the process employed by Center for Industrial Production (CIP) in identifying the budding young researchers and providing them with the ideal opportunity and environment in which to further develop their already existing research talent."
Professor John Johansen
Center Leader, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Denmark

"I am honoured to receive the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. I would like to applaud the efforts of Emerald/EFMD to organise these awards each year and encourage young researchers. I am indebted to my supervisor Prof. Chris O’ Brien for his kind support and thoughtful discussions during the research process. I am grateful to my friends and the Faculty of Operations Management at Nottingham University Business School for their help and support. I would also like to mention my current colleagues at Center for Industrial Production (CIP) who showed confidence in my doctoral work and provided me with an opportunity to join an exciting research environment. In the end I would like to thank my parents for providing me unconditional support and motivation throughout my life."
Dr. Sami Farooq
Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Denmark

2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

"We congratulate the Winners, Highly Commended and Special Commendation entrants in the 2007 ODRAs for their excellent scholarship. We appreciate the work done by supervisors and others in supporting the ODRA applications. On behalf of Emerald and the European Foundation for Management Development, we are pleased to pledge our ongoing support for the Awards in 2008, and to contributing to outstanding scholarship in the field of Doctoral research in business and management."
John Peters
Former CEO of Emerald Group Publishing Limited

"The EFMD are exceedingly proud to support and reward such high quality research through the awards. We wish the winners, and indeed all the applicants, success in their future academic careers."
Professor Eric Cornuel
EFMD Director General & CEO

"It has been a great honour for me to have my PhD research recognised as being of exceptional quality and worthy of a Highly Commended Award by the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards panel in the category of Management and Governance. I am delighted that Emerald and the EFMD have recognised the potentials of my research about corporate governance of international joint ventures (IJVs). This refers not only to a contribution that my PhD research offers to the studies of IJV boards which have been largely under-researched, but also to its unique perspective, as this research is the first attempt to explore IJV board director contribution in the context of IJVs based in Serbia."
Dr Jelena Petrovic
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader - BA (Hons) International Business Management,
Department of International Business, University of Wolverhampton Business School, UK

"I would like to thank and congratulate Emerald and the EFMD for creating and providing such an opportunity for new researchers to gain recognition and an opportunity to publish their Doctoral research. This is a very important initiative as it recognises and rewards timely and relevant scholarly research with outstanding contributions to enthuse new researchers to conduct high quality academic research. I am very pleased to receive the ‘Highly Commended Award’ for my Doctoral research. I consider this recognition an important building block of my newly establishing academic career as it has provided me a real motivational boost."
Dr Yogesh K. Dwivedi
Lecturer, Information Systems, School of Business & Economics,
Swansea University, UK

"The international recognition that these awards bestow on a young academic at the start of his or her career are hugely important. I am absolutely delighted that Dr Yogesh Dwivedi's Doctoral research has been honoured in this way. For our students at Swansea University it is also a clear indication that they are being taught by one of the best young academics in his field."
Professor Andrew Henley
Head of School, School of Business and Economics
Swansea University, UK

"Receiving the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Information Science category is a great honour for me. I would like to thank the Library and Information Science Department of the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and in particular my supervisor Professor Ronald Rousseau for offering me the opportunity to acquire the degree. I thank him and all other professors for their fruitful suggestions, valuable comments and great help during the last four years. I not only hope that the rhythm indicators that I developed for studying the evolution of science will be used and developed further by colleagues in the field of information science, but I also hope that the ideas involved in its development will be applicable in other fields such as management science and economics in general."
Dr Liming Liang
Henan Normal University, China

"As Head of the Department of Information and Library Science within the Institute of Education and Information Sciences at Antwerp University, I am very pleased to see that our Doctoral student Liming Liang has received the Annual Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2007 in the Information Science category. For a small research group as ours, such an award really means a lot. If even for a small moment, the university’s spotlight is turned on our research group. The fact that one of our students receives such an award may change the perception of colleagues and outsiders. As to the contents of Liming Liang’s work: I am convinced that the real depth of her new insights are yet to be fully discovered and applied."
Professor Pierre Delsaerdt
Head of the Department of Information and Library Science, University of Antwerp

"It is exciting news that Dr Liming Liang of our Henan Normal University has been granted an international award by Emerald and the EFMD. Although our university is not geographically located in Chinese academic centres such as Beijing and Shanghai, our faculty has always been working hard in its search for excellence in both teaching and research. Dr Liang’s achievement is an epitome of our university’s expertise and tradition."
Professor Liucheng Jiao
President of Henan Normal University, China

"I am delighted at this recognition of my research. Firstly, because it means that research on the sustainability aspect of management and financing decisions has made inroads into mainstream management research, which is heartening to see. Secondly, because it means that applied and practice-relevant management research (I completed mine while working at the OECD and World Bank) can nonetheless achieve recognition for high scholarly quality."
Georg Caspary
The World Bank, Washington DC, USA

"It has been a great honour for me to win the Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Emerald promotes high quality research and its database gives invaluable help to young researchers like me. I am greatly encouraged by Emerald’s recognition of my work on logistics and online retailing. My award reflects well on the quality research conducted by the Logistics Research Centre of Heriot-Watt University, which always strives for excellence."
Dr Yuan Xing
Knowledge Transfer Partnership, London South Bank University.
(Doctoral award conferred by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)

"It is a great honour for one of our PhD students to receive an Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  This not only brings international recognition to the student, Dr Yuan Xing, our Logistics Research Centre and the School of Management and Languages, but also provides inspiration to other Doctoral students and their supervisors."
Professor Gillian Hogg
Head of School, School of Management and Languages, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

"IIT Madras is delighted to learn that Dr Sandhya Shekhar has won the Emerald EFMD international award for her work on Knowledge Management.  IIT Madras is recognized worldwide for its academic excellence and the award for Sandhya’s research affirms this reputation.  This should strongly influence the quality of our outgoing research and encourage other researchers in India to push their limits.  Kudos to the Awards Committee for their selections."
L.S. Ganesh
Professor and Head, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

"The Emerald / EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award has come as a wonderful Christmas gift! One of the main challenges that Doctoral students in India face is the lack of opportunities to network sufficiently with leading researchers in their fields and to be able to benchmark their work against similar work being done elsewhere in the world. These awards help significantly to bridge this lacuna since the evaluation is done by leading experts in the area. My sincere thanks to Emerald and EFMD for providing such an opportunity."
Dr Sandhya Shekhar
Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

"The National College of Ireland is immensely proud and delighted that Dr Colette Darcy, a faculty member in the School of Business, has been awarded this prestigious prize for her outstanding PhD thesis.   Dr Darcy has made an original and insightful contribution to research in the field of human resource management, which will be highly relevant to those involved in day to day HR practice as well as academic scholars.  The research undertaken by Dr Darcy builds on the College's expertise and strength in teaching and research in human resource management and industrial relations."
Professor Nicholas Rees
Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, National College of Ireland, Dublin

"It is a great honour to have been chosen as the recipient of the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Award in Human Resource Management.  To have my research judged by an international panel of my peers makes this award even more prestigious and special to me.  I hope that this award will allow me and my colleagues to continue to undertake first class research. At National College of Ireland, we are committed to developing strategic HR professionals who are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to make a contribution at the highest level.  The research we undertake is aimed at ensuring that our students have access to the latest thinking in the field of HRM, which is relevant to their daily working lives but also challenges their thinking."
Dr Colette Darcy
Lecturer, School of Business, National College of Ireland

"Bettina Wittneben has produced outstanding academic research in the field of climate change, and its relation to business and management. It reflects the way we develop the leaders of tomorrow. New insights are indeed fed into our programmes on an ongoing basis by talented researchers who make the best teachers for our students. We continuously create new knowledge in business and management, which impacts the quality of education at RSM. There is no better advantage we can offer our students as future leaders of sustainable business than by ensuring they learn from the best business thinkers. On behalf of all RSM, I congratulate her with this award."
Professor Berend Wierenga
Dean at RSM Erasmus University

"It is remarkable that this award coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol. My thesis indeed studied the changes brought about by this treaty. Obviously, I am eager to know the outcome of the current Bali conference. It should set ambitious targets based on hard science, both for governments and for businesses. The broad objectives of our recently set up research centre on sustainability and climate research to reach a clearer understanding of the challenges posed by climate change and search for credible solutions to achieving global sustainability. We strive to connect scientists, students and practitioners worldwide to provide a forum for interaction which maximizes synergy and understanding of climate change. I am therefore proud to receive this award, and see it as recognition of the relevance of my research."
Dr Bettina Wittneben
RSM Erasmus University

"Bettina Wittneben is a talented young researcher and we are very proud to have her as a member of our institute. The study she has conducted is significant because it describes the changes that led to the conception of the Kyoto Protocol. The calibre of this research and its recognition by Emerald/EFMD represent another great contribution by a member of our faculty towards advancing business and management knowledge – the primary ambition of all the research conducted at ERIM."
Professor Ale Smidts
Scientific Director of ERIM, the Erasmus Research Institute of Management

"Having my research recognised as being of exceptionally high quality and worthy of a Highly Commended Award by the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards panel has brought me personal and career benefits.  Personally, it is affirming to receive recognition for my novel approach to researching governance.  Official recognition by Emerald and the EFMD also provides career benefits as potential employers (academic institutions) have expressed that this award enhances my application and achievement in their views.  Recognition and support of Doctoral research by Emerald and the EFMD makes a difference." 
Dr Karen Martyn
Massey University, Management Department, New Zealand

"The 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards provide an international measure of the quality of our Doctoral students and of the Doctoral education and supervision provided by Massey University College of Business.  We encourage our Doctoral students to apply for these awards. Congratulations to Karen Martyn for the recognition of her excellent case study on boardroom decision-making."  
Professor Ralph Stablein
Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), Department of Management, Massey University, New Zealand

"I am greatly honoured to receive this recognition by the prestigious Emerald Group and the EFMD. I found that logos, pathos and ethos together shape the persuasiveness of any communication. This recognition encourages me to continue the development of new managerial knowledge. It also certifies the quality of research held in the Innovation and Knowledge Management Center at Athens University of Economics and Business. Besides Emerald and the EFMD, I would like to express my sincere thanks to my supervisor Assistant Professor Klas Eric Soderquist and my colleague Dr Kostas Kostopoulos." 
Dr Dimitris Brachos
Research Fellow in Knowledge Management, Innovation and Knowledge Management Center, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

"I am delighted that Dr Dimitris Brachos received such recognition by the Emerald Group and the European Foundation for Management Development for his Doctoral thesis. The Emerald/EFMD award encourages young researchers and certifies the quality of their work. At the Athens University of Economics and Business and the Management Science Laboratory (MSL) we constantly promote high quality research and try to provide an environment that is conducive for conducting first-class scientific research. I hope this achievement will act as a stimulus for other researchers and departments to continually develop new academic knowledge and innovative management techniques." 
Professor Gregory P. Prastacos
Rector, Director of Management Science Laboratory, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

"The honourable recognition that Dr Dimitris Brachos received acts as a great motivator not only to himself, but to the entire group of young researchers at the Athens University of Economics and Business in general, and the Management Science Laboratory (MSL) in particular. As his supervisor, I express my warmest congratulations to Dr Brachos and I am convinced that this is only the starting point for his excellent academic career. I also wish to thank the Emerald Group and the European Foundation for Management Development for pursuing this endeavour that contributes strongly to developing research excellence in management."
Dr Klas Eric Soderquist
Associate Professor (Elect), Department of Management Science and Technology, Head of the Innovation and Knowledge Management Unit of MSL, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

"The Outstanding Doctoral Research Award reflects the striving for excellence at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in a variety of research disciplines. Dr Kamath’s achievement will provide just the kind of encouragement and international recognition our researchers rightly deserve. We are, needless to say, immensely proud of Dr Kamath’s achievement and hope that more such accolades will be won by our researchers, particularly Doctoral students, in the future."  
Professor Anindya Sen
Dean (PI), Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

"Being selected for a Highly Commended Outstanding Doctoral Research Award is indeed a great honour bestowed on my Doctoral work. This gives me immense confidence to take up research work of greater magnitude and value that offers beneficial results to society-at-large."  
Dr Narasimha Kamath
Product Manager, Research and Development, i2 Technologies

"I am very pleased and honoured to receive a Highly Commended Award for my Doctoral thesis on environmental disclosures. The recognition provided by this award is greatly appreciated and will serve as an inspiration for my future research in the area of social and environmental accounting."  
Dr Lisa Powell
School of Commerce, The University of Adelaide, Australia

"As a practitioner/researcher, my study involved considerable commitment beyond my ‘normal’ working day and there were few ways I could benchmark my progress.  As time was limited, I found Emerald to be a valuable source of information and I am therefore extremely proud (chuffed) to have my work recognised in this way."   
Dr Tim Walker
University of Ulster, Faculty of Business & Management, Ireland

"I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of my PhD research.  My work focuses on the valuable work done by voluntary sector organisations and this award will enable further work to be carried out in this important sector."   
Dr Claire Moxham
Lecturer in Operations Management, Manchester Business School

"We are delighted that Claire Moxham has won this prestigious award.  It is a fitting recognition of Dr Moxham’s excellent work.  It also reflects well on our Doctoral programme.  MBS is proud of the excellent Ph.D. students it attracts and works hard to provide the instruction and supervision to turn them into award-winning researchers."   
Professor Michael Luger
Director (Dean), Manchester Business School

"The University of Bolton is delighted that one of our young researchers has achieved the prestigious Emerald/EFMD worldwide Outstanding Doctoral Research Award which reflects our efforts to promote high quality academic research. These awards truly help in encouraging and recognising research excellence in various disciplines. We are immensely proud of Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi's achievement in the field of Knowledge Management and believe that he will continue to make an important contribution to research and new knowledge."   
Dr Peter Marsh
Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Bolton

"I am delighted at this recognition of my research as being of exceptionally high quality and worthy of a Highly Commended Award by the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards panel. Having completed my applied and practice-relevant management research while being the Chief Knowledge Officer of Israel Aerospace Industries, shows that action research can nonetheless achieve recognition for high scholarly quality. My award reflects well on the quality of the guidance of my supervisor, Prof. Stephen Evans and of Cranfield University which has consistently been a bridge between Academy and Industry."   
Dr Rony Dayan
Cranfield University, UK

"I feel very honoured and pleased to have received the Highly Commended 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Information Science. My greatest thanks go to my supervisor Professor Maja ?umer, PhD, without whom my work would not have been the same, and to my co-supervisor Professor Vlasta Zabukovec, PhD, and to all my colleagues who have contributed in the process. I also thank the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies and the Faculty of Arts for giving me the opportunity to do my research. Last but not least I must thank Emerald for two things: the first is its invaluable resources, and the second is its promotion of high quality research which I hope will continue in the future. The recognition of my work gives me a feeling of great pleasure and encouragement. I see my results as a part of a big mosaic of the study of information behaviour and hope my work will help shed more light on this interesting research area."   
Dr Polona Vilar
Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

"I feel pleased that my Doctoral research was named a Highly Commended Award Winner of the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Information Science. My dissertation is about people and what they do with information, and it is heartening to receive recognition for this area of research from Emerald and the Journal of Documentation. Many people contributed to my dissertation: research participants, colleagues, and academic advisors. I will share this commendation with them with gratitude."   
Dr Elisabeth Davies
University of Western Ontario, Canada

"As a Highly Commended Award Winner in the category of Operations and Production Management, I am greatly honoured by the recognition received from Emerald/ EFMD. Research in the field of purchasing and supply management draws strongly on various disciplines like operations management, and it is wonderful that established scholars in this field deem this research to be of excellent quality. My research on continuous interaction during the period of ongoing exchange of business-to-business services has made substantial contributions to the current state of knowledge on purchasing business services, service operations management and buyer-seller relationships in services. Then again, there are ample opportunities for further research, and the bestowal of this award is a great motivation to grasp these opportunities with both hands."   
Dr Wendy van der Valk
Assistant Professor Purchasing & Supply Management, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

"The results of the research conducted by Dr Wendy van der Valk have significant managerial relevance and may help purchasing professionals to audit and improve their relationships with service providers. It demonstrates high scientific quality through advancing knowledge in the fields of service (operations) management. This study therefore is an excellent example of the kind of research advocated by and conducted within our research school ERIM. We are proud that it is acknowledged as such by Emerald/EFMD."   
Professor Ale Smidts
Scientific Director of ERIM, the Erasmus Research Institute of Management

"I wish to express my thanks to the organisers and judges of the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. I believe such awards are an immensely important contribution to the dissemination of the valuable research undertaken at Doctoral level amongst what is a growing international community of academic excellence. The breadth of subjects covered and the degree of achievement reached by my fellow entrants in the 2007 competition have set the context for even greater things to come. In my own achievement I am pleased to have been able to fly a critical thinking flag. I am certainly honoured to be a part of this scholarship and, perhaps, to encouraging further entrants in the future. I congratulate my fellow award winners and I wish the judges an even more challenging 2008/9."   
Dr David M. Atkinson
PhD (Lancaster University), CEO of Synergy Plus plc

"As Deputy Head of the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, I am extremely pleased to see that our colleague Dr. Polona Vilar has received the Highly Commended 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Information Science. This is important recognition to our research group and to the work we have done over the past few years. It is also recognition of our efforts to achieve national and international appreciation of our research field and an acknowledgement of Dr. Vilar’s significant contribution. We are happy for Dr. Polona Vilar and her supervisor Dr. Maja ?umer, Head of our department, for this award. Sincere congratulations to both of them!"
Dr Alenka Sauperl
Deputy Head of the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

"As Dean, I was excited and very proud when I was informed that one of our PhD students, Polona Vilar from our Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, received the Highly Commended 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Information Science. The award is especially precious for all of us, as it was delivered in a research field which is relatively new in our faculty but is rapidly developing. This highlights progresses in the right direction. The tight cooperation and collaboration of outstanding university professors as mentors or supervisors and brilliant, ambitious students will result in excellent outcomes. The award is inspiring to both teachers and other Doctoral students at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts. Thanks to judges in the International Awarding Committee for acknowledging the quality of the research, reported in the dissertation, and my congratulations to our colleague Ms. Polona Vilar and her mentors."
Professor Valentin Bucik
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

"I am really pleased to receive this award in the field of Operations and Production Management. I thank my supervisors, Dr Simon Croom and Dr Rhian Silvestro, everyone in the OM group at Warwick Business School, and most importantly, my wife Emma for supporting me through the ups and downs! I now hope the research can be used to make a difference to the way business implement systems."   
Dr Alistair Brandon-Jones
Assistant Professor in Operations & Supply Management, School of Management, University of Bath

"I am very pleased and honoured to be the recipient of the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Interdisciplinary Accounting Research.  I would like to thank Emerald, the EFMD and the sponsoring journal Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal for providing the opportunity to have my research judged by an international panel.  I would also like to thank my supervisors Profs Milne, Kearins and Morgan for their support throughout the research.  The prestige and recognition provided by this award has been a great way to finish the PhD process – and to begin my academic career and establish myself as an emerging researcher."   
Dr Helen Tregidga
School of Business, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

"I am very proud to receive this prestigious award for my research studies. As a practitioner, this award adds considerable weight to my work in the area of workplace culture. Thanks once again to Emerald and the EFMD for the professional boost they have given me through the award."   
Dr Tim Baker
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

"I am honoured to be the winner of the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Marketing Strategy. I am greatly encouraged by this recognition of my contribution to literature and to industry where academicians, policy makers and practitioners can gain from its applicability and international context. I would like to thank Emerald/EFMD for providing young researchers such as myself an international platform in which to display our research capabilities and gain recognition. I am much indebted to my Ph.D. supervisor Dr. Nigel Poole of Imperial College London for his guidance, encouragement and counsel throughout my study. I am also greatly indebted to my family who has been the backbone of all my successes! I consider this achievement a significant recognition of qualitative social science research. While my research utilises the Sri Lanka/UK tea industry as the basis for its findings, its outcomes are applicable to social science research in various industries worldwide. I would like to utilise this success as a solid foundation of recognition of my research and build on it to further my research through collaboration with research experts across the world!"
Dr Dulekha Kasturiratne
Lecturer in Marketing, University of Plymouth, UK
Doctoral Degree at Imperial College London (University of London)

"I am delighted that Dulekha Kasturiratne’s Doctoral research has received such recognition by the Emerald Group and the European Foundation for Management Development. It is a gratifying recognition of Dr Kasturiratne’s intellectual quality and research prowess. I am proud of her achievement and the honour that reflects on the study of social sciences within the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. Her current employers at the University of Plymouth will be equally proud of her achievement, which serves as an encouragement not only to Dr Kasturiratne but to everyone associated with her work."
Dr Nigel Poole
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London, SOAS Centre for Development, Environment and Policy and London International Development Centre, University of London, UK

"All of us in the Plymouth Business School are absolutely delighted that our colleague Dr Dulekha Kasturiratne has won the Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the field of Marketing Strategy for her work on Value, Relationships and Competitive Advantage in the Sri Lankan Tea Industry. Recognition such as this is an invaluable form of encouragement for someone embarking on an academic career. For this reason, the School is indebted to Emerald and EFMD."
Professor David Head
Director, Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, UK

2006 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

"Receiving the awards is wonderful news for our researchers. It provides just the kind of encouragement and international recognition they rightly deserve. The global Emerald/EFMD Awards are highly competitive and represent yet another example of the growing strength of research excellence within AUT's Faculty of Business."
Professor Thomas Lange
Associate Dean (Research), AUT Business School

"Congratulations and pride are in place with this international recognition ... There is no better advantage we can offer our students as future business leaders than by ensuring they learn from the best business thinkers."
Professor Han G. van Dissel
Dean, RSM Erasmus University

"I am delighted ... to be able highlight the recognition and awards that have come the way of Victoria Management School in recognition of the quality of their Doctoral research."
Associate Professor John Davies
Head of the Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington

"I am very delighted that one of our young researchers has received such a prestigious Award. The Emerald/EFMD Award provides encouragement and international recognition for the researcher and also for our university."
Professor Ivar Langen
Rector of the University of Stavanger

"I am delighted that a member of our academic staff has been acknowledged by an award by Emerald and the EFMD. The University of Portsmouth is a research-active university that seeks focused international excellence in its research profile and recognition for Dr [Samantha] Warren’s work is most welcome and very well-deserved."
Ann Ridley
Dean, University of Portsmouth Business School

"We are honoured by this recognition bestowed on Dr Lee Yew Jin, one of our promising younger faculty members by the Emerald Group for his doctoral thesis. The line of research being recognized is highly relevant to NIE’s mission of specialized adult education, i.e. of teachers, and will serve as encouragement for more work that is oriented to the Singapore context."
Professor Paul Teng
Head, Natural Sciences & Science Education,
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

"The University of Zaragoza is very honoured by the distinction awarded to our PhD student Ana Yetano by Emerald/EFMD within their ‘2nd Annual Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards’. We hope this award will stimulate other departments and postgraduate programmes to continue with their daily efforts to provide students at the University of Zaragoza with high-level knowledge and research tools, as well as a positive motivation."
Prof. Dr Felipe Pétriz Calvo
Rector of the Universidad de Zaragoza

"The award reflects the striving for excellence at the University of Haifa in a variety of research disciplines and particularly in disciplines at the forefront of today's scientific thought. Dr [Daphne] Raban's achievement exemplifies our principles – excellence in research and teaching, innovative thinking, and close contact with research developments and the business world."
Professor Yossi Ben-Artzi
Rector of the University of Haifa

"We are, needless to say, immensely proud of Taran [Patel]'s achievement which, while it reflects well on our institution and its efforts to promote high quality academic research for the world of international business, is of course primarily an accolade for Taran herself – she has worked extremely hard these past four years, combining full-time teaching with her doctoral research, and fully deserves this award. ESC Rennes is very proud indeed to have Taran on its staff and believes that she will make an important contribution to research in the years to come."
Dr Michael Ward
Dean of Studies, ESC Rennes School of Business

"Adrian [Done] is one of IESE's outstanding young researchers and we are delighted that he has been awarded this prize."
Professor Josep Valor
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, IESE Business School

"This award has given me a real motivational boost. Not only has it led to recognition of my work among peers and students, it has also been a matter of great pride to my employer, ESC Rennes School of Business. From my viewpoint, the best part of the award has been the possibility of publishing in Management Decision. This is indeed the kind of research platform every academician could benefit from."
Dr Taran Patel
Professor, Strategy and Management Department,
ESC Rennes School of Business, France

2007/2008 Emerald Research Fund Awards

"It is a great honour for us to be awarded this research fund award provided by Emerald as it is the first time it has been awarded in this subject area in China. In July 2007, I was recruited as the Technical Executive of the Digital Library Administration Division, National Library of China (NLC), being involved in the China National Digital Library development and services. My work aims to bring readers with the abundant digital information resources stored in the NLC through the latest IT technologies. 'Any person, any time and anywhere', i.e. to serve as many people as possible and to access the information as easily as possible, is the fundamental criteria of building up the China National Digital Library. Our research proposal does fit this purpose well. I have just been back to work on my current job for only one year after 14 years studying and working in the West as an IT professional. Being awarded this research funding, I feel is a really good start in working at home, and we are certainly encouraged to continue our work in supporting the dissemination of knowledge for social good in China."
(Dr Bin Wu, Technical Executive Administration Division, National Library of China).

"It was a great honour to be one of the members of the judging panel for 2007/2008 Emerald Research Fund Awards. I was delighted to see a great number of applications, among which was so much excellent work and so many solid research proposals in the field of modern library and information services with the help of the latest technologies. To me, the process of judging is also a process of learning. It is difficult but interesting and enjoyable."
(Dr Jianzhong Wu, Director of Shanghai Library, EAB Member of Library Management).

"Judging any sort of award competition is not something I am often asked to do in my professional life, so I was more than pleased to accept the honour of supporting the valuable and meaningful goals of the Emerald Research Fund Award 2007/2008.  When I received the submissions for judging the Chinese LIS category, I realised that I was faced with a daunting task which I carried out with it great responsibility.  Of course, like any judge, I needed to be fair and unbiased as I read and re-read the proposals.  As a life-long 'friend of China', what made it even more demanding was the sheer range and worth of proposals on offer, many of which were super ideas with great potential for the benefit of the Chinese people.  All in all, the experience was for me immensely challenging and rewarding. I congratulate the winner, Bin Wu, wholeheartedly, and offer my very best wishes that his research will bring concrete results for China."
(Dr Colin Storey, University Librarian, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, EAB Member of Library Management).

“I was extremely impressed with the range and the number of applications for this prestigious award. The range of applications in terms of ideas, the different areas of China and types of library impressed me greatly. Overall, I found it very difficult to judge but greatly enjoyed the task. When one has a good field of applications any reader of them will learn a lot. I certainly did. Bin Wu is a worthy winner and I congratulate him.”
(Mr Steve O'Connor, University Librarian, Pao Yue-kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Editor of Library Management and of Library Management China).

"Winning the 2007/2008 Emerald Research Fund Award: Indian LIS category has been a very exciting and prestigious milestone in my career for me. Being a winner always gives you a sense of achievement and endorsement. The funding and the recognition are both critical for the success and impact of our study. Being an information scientist, I take a 360-degree view of information and study information life-cycles from different perspectives. I have ventured into working on social network analysis (SNA) over the last 2-3 years, through various academic pursuits such as organizing an international conference (www.infovision2007.org) and working with a doctoral student and writing papers. The domain of SNA is a fascinating area of study and the development of web 2.0 technologies has further deepened, broadened and strengthened its application areas. This Emerald award will further augment our research efforts in this area. Our winning proposal 'Networks and turning points: an exploration of the dynamics of academic networks and social movements in India’ is essentially a pilot project to explore the linkages between scholarship and activism in the area of ‘globalization’. We plan to carry out an empirical study using SNA tools and approaches. I commend the efforts of Emerald in encouraging and supporting research through this award. I truly believe that such research funding and recognition help strengthen academic research in many different ways."
(Shalini R. Urs, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri)

"I was delighted to be a part of the judging process along with Dr. Kumbar. The quality of proposals received was good. The processing of selecting one out the last three was really tough. I would like to add here that this initiative of Emerald Publishing is commendable and wish that library professionals use this opportunity to churn out quality LIS research. I would take this opportunity to request Emerald to increase research funding to at least three LIS proposals in the coming years."
(H. Anil Kumar, Librarian and Head NICMAN, Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad)

"I was indeed very happy to be given the task of evaluating the proposals and recommending the suitable ones for the award. It was not all that easy to select and recommend one for funding, as we had a few very good proposals. It is so encouraging to see Emerald coming forward to fund research proposals in library services area. I am sure this award will begin to attract more and more proposals in the coming years and Emerald will come forward to support more than one proposal."
(Dr T S Kumbar, Resource Centre, DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, India)

"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)

"It is an honour for me to receive this Research Fund Award from Emerald and Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA). Their dedicated effort in supporting and promoting cross-national research must be commended. This award helps me to initiate a mutual collaboration between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and two Mexican universities. It also provides a stepping stone for UTM to strengthen its international recognition in achieving research excellence."
(Dr Kuan Yew Wong, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia)

"CLADEA are delighted to support the inaugural Emerald Research Fund Award for Latin America in the Management category."
(Jorge Talavera, president of CLADEA)

"Emerald is proud to further develop its partnership with CLADEA by actively promoting and rewarding high-quality management research in Latin America with this Award."
(John Peters, Former CEO of Emerald)

"The winning project, ‘Promoting effectiveness of knowledge transmission in Chinese rural areas: multimedia education software development and distribution channel design’, has two major strengths. First, it is on an extremely important topic. Knowledge development in the rural sector to enhance quality and production among the rural community has clear practical implication and pragmatic value. Second, the research design is well thought-out in terms of the treatment effect (different channels) and the comparison of effectiveness among them. The researchers have demonstrated clear knowledge of the phenomenon and utilize solid scientific research skills to study the proposed knowledge transmission approaches. I expect the outcomes of this project will inform both practice and future research involving field experimentation. It is a worthwhile project to support and I look forward to seeing the outcomes from this research effort. The three judges of the International Association for Chinese Management Research are pleased with the opportunity to contribute to the selection of this excellent proposal."
(Professor Anne S. Tsui, Motorola Professor of International Management Founding President, International Association for Chinese Management Research Editor-in-Chief, Management and Organization Review)

"It was a privilege to be involved with the judging process for the 2007 Emerald Chinese Research Fund Awards (RFAs) and to see the excellent work that is being developed by our scholarly colleagues in China. Only through a process based on a vigorous application of the RFA criteria relating to the social good, originality and innovation, contribution to theory and its application, appropriateness and application of the methodology, implications for theory and practice were we able to identify the most outstanding submissions. The finalist group was an interesting mix of employee wellbeing, social welfare and sustainability research, thoughtfully proposed and utilizing the available literature to inform the respective approaches and anticipate the likely findings and outcomes"
(Professor David Lamond PhD FANZAM, Foundation Dean, International Business School Kochi and Editor, Journal of Management History)

"I am delighted to hear that Professor Yongjian Li has been awarded the 2007 Emerald Research Fund Award. On behalf of Business School of Nankai University, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Emerald Group Publishing for the support and award given to the project, which is innovative in its academic research and significant in its practice. The award proposed by Emerald Publishing Group is necessary to carry through and complete this important project. Appreciation is also given to the staff of Emerald Group Publishing as well as the judges for their hard work and strict academic attitude, respectively."
(Professor Weian Li, Dean of Business School, Nankai University)

"It is our great honour that we have been among the recipients of 2007 Emerald Research Fund Award by Emerald Publishing Group on the Chinese management research. We are most appreciative of this award because the strict and serious judgement on our project in the evaluation process. With the strong support of Emerald Publishing Group, we will seriously accept the suggestions from the judges and devote our time and energy to the research work in order to make our research result useful to the knowledge transmission in Chinese rural sector.
Theoretically, we will integrate the knowledge transmission and supply chain theory to seek for the effective knowledge transmission channels for the rural sector. Through building different transmission channels, we will try hard to make the society pay more attention to enhancing the rural community quality and production level. The award brings much convenience for us to reach this aim and will contribute to the knowledge transmission in Chinese rural sector."
(Dr Yongjian Li, Professor, Business School, Nankai University, China and Dr Zhangxi Lin, Director, Center for Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence, Texas Tech University, USA)

2005/2006 Emerald Research Fund Awards

From Emerald and the judging panel

"The Emerald Research Fund Awards are part of Emerald's commitment to recognizing and rewarding the scholarly research community's contribution to management research, and we are proud to be able to award funding for this particular project. The research, the aim of which is to provide empirical evidence on the effect of language in commercial communications in P.R. China, will undoubtedly be of real value in this dynamic market. As relevancy in research is one of Emerald's core publishing principles, we await the results with great interest."
Dr John Peters
Former CEO of Emerald Group Publishing Limited

"I am very pleased to be involved with the judging process of the Emerald Research Fund Awards competition. Many of the submissions were of high academic standard, original, innovative and provide outstanding contributions that linked theory with practice. I have enjoyed reading all the research proposals received. The keen interest, enthusiasm and dedication with which these proposals were put together were clearly evident. The competition was intense and it was not easy to select an entry given their comparatively high quality. But a hard decision had to be made collectively among all my fellow judges. Finally, the research proposal which matched the theme of the competition most closely, namely to increase effectiveness of the knowledge creation and transmission process emerged the winner. This Emerald initiative has certainly served to further scholarship among researchers in China as well as their collaborators from other countries."
Professor Low Sui Pheng
National University of Singapore and
Chinese specialist on the judging panel for the Awards

"The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has been pleased to sponsor the 2006 Emerald Research Fund Awards. The aim of increasing the effectiveness of the knowledge creation process is very much in keeping with the ALCS mission to work for the good of writers in all arenas. ALCS applauds Emerald’s stance in encouraging and supporting this work, and extends its congratulations to the winning researchers whose work showed innovation and originality as well as clear social benefit."
Dr Penny Grubb
Director of ALCS and member of the judging panel for the Awards

"It was an honour and great privilege to have served as a member of the judging panel for the Emerald Research Fund Awards. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the proposals from Africa: they were original research ideas and involved rigorous research methodologies. The work of the winner will no doubt contribute to a better understanding of knowledge creation in an African context. As a member of the executive board of the International Academy of African Business and Development, I see the Emerald Research Award to an African scholar as another manifestation of Emerald’s long-standing commitment to promote scholarship in Africa. We look forward to more such awards in the future."
Dr Kofi Q. Dadzie
Editor, Journal of African Business 
and J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University

From the winning institutions

"On behalf of School of Business Administration, Henan Institute of Finance and Economics, I thank Emerald Publishing Group for funding this important project, in which Dr Wenchao Wang, one of our staff members, is a collaborator. I also thank Emerald for its strong interest in supporting research related to developing countries such as China. Meanwhile, I would also like to offer my congratulations to all the collaborators for this award."
Professor Biansheng Liu
Dean of School of Business Administration,
Henan Institute of Finance and Economics

"On behalf of the UWA Business School, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Emerald Publishing Group for their financial support of the research project titled The Effect of Mother Tongue Compared to Official Language on the Effectiveness of Communicating Commercial Knowledge through Television in P.R. China. The project will see two UWA Business School staff, Professor Dick Mizerski and Dr Fang Liu collaborate with Dr Wenchao Wang, Associate Professor in Management from the Henan Institute of Finance and Economics in China.  Such collaboration is important in our pursuit of international excellence. My congratulations also go to the researchers for their success in winning this award."
Tracey Horton
Dean, UWA Business School, University of Western Australia

From the winners

"We are most appreciative of receiving the 2005/2006 Emerald Research Fund specifically designated to develop understanding of the commercial communication in China. I am very glad that Emerald Research Fund support our research project Emerald's support is essential for completing this important project. Meanwhile, I feel very lucky to be able to collaborate with Fang and Dick on this project, and in particular, assist Fang on data collection and analyses."
Dr Wenchao Wang
School of Business Administration,
Henan Institute of Finance and Economics

"It is a great honour to me and my collaborators to be chosen as a recipient of the 2005/2006 Emerald Research Fund Award. My PhD was on radio communication in China and I am passionately committed to extend my work to commercial communication on television, the largest commercial medium in China. Funding from Emerald will enable us to dedicate time and energy to this exciting and important project. This award will substantially advance knowledge on Chinese consumers and in particular, further the understanding of the relationship between language and effectiveness of the commercial communication in China."
Dr Fang Liu
Lecturer in Marketing, University of Western Australia Business School