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Outstanding Service Awards 2008

Awards for Excellence

For long standing support and consistently high contributions to the Emerald journals, we reward the following people:

Kevin Fitzgerald
For his work on Information Management & Computer Security

Kevin Fitzgerald lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is a trained accountant and teacher, who has spent most of his working life in computing. He established and managed a computer centre in 1969 at Footscray Institute of Technology (now Victoria University) before moving to Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University) in 1975. At Caulfield he established and managed a computer laboratory for business students. He taught computing to the business students and business to the computing students, thus pioneering the development of double degrees in Computing and Business.

He left academia after 15 years in 1980 to start his own consultancy in Computer Security. To ensure that he kept up his research in the area, he retained his role as Chairman (until 1988) of the Computer Abuse Research Bureau he founded in 1978 at Caulfield Institute. He also started a journal entitled Computer Control Quarterly in 1981, and from small beginnings, this journal rose to reach a broad readership throughout Australia, Asia, UK and USA. In 1992 Emerald acquired the journal and it became the “computer security” half of Information Management and Computer Security. Kevin was retained as the Computer Security editor, a role he relinquished in late 2007 after 26 years in the editing/publishing business. Together with his wife Penny they managed submissions through the enthusiastic IM&CS Editorial Advisory Board where they made many friends. Kevin still practices consulting in the Information Security world through his company, Fitzgerald InfoSec. He is still a respected leader in Information Security within Australasia.

Linda Ashcroft
For her work on New Library World

Linda Ashcroft is Reader of Information Management at the Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Previous experience includes the management of both Information and Public Relations for a national organisation.  She manages various funded research projects, has developed special expertise in the research area of electronic resources, and publishes widely in the professional press. She presents papers at international conferences, has organised international conferences and has edited conference proceedings.

For fifteen years, Linda has edited New Library World, a reviewed international journal which aims to chart the latest developments for the profession. She has also guest edited the Journal of Managerial Psychology, and is an International LIS advisor to Emerald.

Linda is active in IFLA and serves on the committee of the Section for Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, previously served on the committee for the Library and Information Science Journals Section, and chaired the Continuing Professional Education Round Table.  She also served two terms as Chair of BAILER (British Association for Information and Library Education and Research).  Linda was also a member of the government advisory body on ‘Empowering the Learning Community’.  She is an external examiner for Loughborough University and the University of Central England.

Professional affiliations include CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Kun-Huang Huarng
For his work on the Journal of Modelling in Management

Kun-Huang Huarng works as a Regional Editor, in conjunction with the Editor of Journal of Modelling in Management (JMIM), Luiz Moutinho. As a relatively new journal, JMIM requires much work and promotion to build its status, and Kun-Huang works very hard to collect submissions and reviews for the journal. He also promotes the journal extremely well, and has recently helped to arrange a new Modelling track at EURAM, the papers from which will be published in JMIM. He often puts forward new ideas and suggestions to progress the journal, and is a great asset to the team.

Kun-Huang Huarng is a Professor at the Department of International Trade, and the Director of University Libraries, Feng Chia University, Taiwan. In the same institution, he was also the Associate Dean of College of Business and Director of e-Commerce Research Institute. His research interests include forecasting, computer modelling, and electronic commerce. Professor Huarng is Editor, Guest Editor, an Associate Editor, Executive Editor, Editorial Board Member, and Reviewer for various journals. He has published more than 100 papers. He received Excellent Research Awards three times from the National Science Council, Taiwan.

Keith Crosier
For his work on Marketing Intelligence & Planning

Keith Crosier was Assistant Editor of Marketing Intelligence & Planning from 1994 to 2003, and Editor of volumes 21 to 25.  Over that period, it was transformed into a double-blind reviewed academic journal, but retained its original commitment to work with clear relevance to the practice of marketing management.  During 2003-2004, he contributed to Emerald Management Reviews.

A technical copywriter, before moving on to a variety of responsibilities for marketing communications with Olivetti in London and New York, he then spent two years as Executive Assistant to the owner of a small electronic engineering firm in the UK.  Convinced that more formal management education was badly needed at home, he took an MSc in management studies at Durham University, and set out to make his own contribution first at a large polytechnic and then for thirty years at Strathclyde.  During the early 1990s, he contributed to the emergence of management education in Poland, as visiting lecturer at a foundation in Gdańsk, and has since taught short courses in the New Europe and in South America.

Periodic consultancy and freelance journalism kept him in touch with the marketing communications business, and he wrote for encyclopaedias, dictionaries and textbooks, as well as academic journals.  He has served on boards and committees for a number of non-profit and social-marketing organizations.

Membership Secretary of the Academy of Marketing during its formative years, he was elected a Fellow in 2004.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Marketing Communications, and was delighted to be named a Leading Editor by Emerald in 2005.

David Carson and Audrey Gilmore
For their work on European Journal of Marketing

David Carson is Professor of Marketing at the University of Ulster.  His research interests lie in marketing for SMEs and service industries, particularly in travel and tourism.  He has published widely in these areas and his research has resulted in many publications and the development of research-based teaching materials for postgraduate programs.  He has wide business experience both in consultancy and directorship roles.  He is President of the Academy of Marketing. 

Audrey Gilmore is Professor of Services Marketing at the University of Ulster.  Her teaching and research interests are in service marketing and management, SME marketing, management competencies and networking and qualitative research methodologies. Her research has resulted in many publications and the development of research-based teaching materials for postgraduate programs. She is on the review boards of leading academic journals in the UK, Europe, and USA.  Currently she serves on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Marketing, she is the Ireland Regional Chair of the Academy of Marketing and a member of the Academy of Marketing Research Committee.

Lee Parker and James Guthrie
For their work on Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

Professor Lee D. Parker and Professor James E. Guthrie are the founding Editors of the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2007 and now ranks amongst the very leading accounting research journals internationally. In this time they have built an incredibly well respected journal which has pioneered areas of research such as social and environmental accounting, and is one of the leading journals not just in its area of interdisciplinary accounting research, but accounting as a whole.

Lee Parker is Professor of Accounting in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia and Honorary Professor of Management & Accounting Control at the School of Management, University of St Andrews, Scotland. His previous positions include the Universities of Glasgow, Dundee, Monash, Griffith, Flinders and Adelaide. Lee has published over 150 articles and books on management and accounting internationally, serves on over 20 journal editorial boards around the world, and is a regular presenter and plenary speaker at international conferences. He is past president of the Academy of Accounting Historians (USA), the American Accounting Association Public Interest section and past Vice-President International of the American Accounting Association. He is also a past-president of CPA Australia (SA Division), and past deputy president of the Australian Institute of Management (SA Division).

James Guthrie is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney and Chair of the Discipline of Accounting. James has published over 130 articles in both international and national refereed and professional journals, and over 30 chapters in books. He has presented his ideas and research findings to over 280 national and international gatherings. James is also co-editor of seven public sector management and accounting books. He has previously held posts at the University of New South Wales and Deakin University, prior to taking up his professorship at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in 1995. Before commencing his academic career, James worked in a chartered accounting firm and has been made a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Richard Teare
For his work on International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

After 20 years of service, Dr Richard Teare has stepped down from the editorship of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM). Richard Teare established IJCHM in 1988, and the journal celebrates its 20th anniversary in January 2008. The journal, the first one in the hospitality and tourism collection, rapidly benefited from Richard’s networks, active promotion overseas and the quality of papers it attracted.  IJCHM is consistently rated as a ‘top 10’ Emerald journal – with almost half a million article downloads (453,801) in 2006.

IJCHM is now considered as one of the top tier journals in the hospitality management field. McKercher et al (2006) article published in Tourism Management identified IJCHM among the first four leading journals in the hospitality management field.  On April 17 2007, Professor Chris Ryan, the Editor of Tourism Management sent an e-mail to the Trinket e-mail group to share his journal rankings in the tourism and hospitality field. In his e-mail, he ranked IJCHM as a tier one journal in the hospitality management field. Recently, a study from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University looked at citations made to hospitality journals at This study found that articles published in IJCHM receive the highest mean citation compared to articles published in other hospitality journals (Law and van deer Even). We owe these great achievements to Richard’s vision, clear editorial strategy, leadership and hard work.

Richard has now gone to pastures new and is launching a new journal with Emerald - Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (WHATT)-, tackling sustainable development of the worldwide hospitality and tourism industry. Over the years Richard has become a good friend of the company, promoting widely the journal and Emerald overseas.

Jim Werbel
For his work on Journal of Managerial Psychology

During Dr Werbel’s successful tenure as Editor he broadened the appeal of JMP, considerably developing it from a respected European journal to a title with a truly international authorship. He significantly enhanced the journal’s prestige in the managerial psychology field, and improved the journal’s visibility at key conferences and events. Under Dr Werbel’s direction, journal submissions increased and review times were reduced to less than 10 weeks for most papers. In addition, the quality of reviews improved considerably with all authors receiving highly detailed and constructive feedback from a dedicated team of reviewers and Associate Editors.  Dr Werbel has been particularly successful in encouraging clarity of writing, and has always aimed to publish papers in which sound methodology is balanced with significant implications for theory and practice.  He has also made invaluable investment in JMP’s author community by acting as mentor to many authors.