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2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research

Announcing the winners

Logo: EFMD.Emerald Publishing was founded in 1967 to champion new ideas that would advance the research and practice of business and management. Today, we continue to nurture fresh thinking in applied fields where we feel we can make a real difference and seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.



Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,000 (or currency equivalent), a certificate and a winners' logo to attach to correspondence. In addition, a number of Highly Commended Awards will be bestowed with a certificate and an award winners' logo for use on correspondence.

This year applicants submitted to one of the ten categories below.

Operations and Production Management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Dr Vieri Maestrini
Politecnico di Milano
Thesis Title: Supply chain performance measurement system: a lifecycle perspective on the relationship with performance improvement
Supervisor: Federico Caniato
“I’m sincerely honored to receive such a prestigious award. This is a truly great achievement and a valuable recognition to my research. On this behalf I would like to express my gratitude to Emerald/EFDM and the IJOPM Editorial Team for giving me this chance.”
My result would have not been possible without the valuable insights and wise guidance from several scholars I have met along this fantastic journey. A special mention goes to Prof Federico Caniato and prof Paolo Maccarrone (Politecnico di Milano School of Management), prof Davide Luzzini (Eada Business School), prof Andy Neely and Dr. Veronica Martinez (Cambridge University).
Finally, I hope my research to stimulate future PhD studies on the broad topic of Supply Chain Performance Measurement and Management."

Highly Commended

Dr Yuanzhu Zhan
University of Liverpool
PhD obtained at: University of Nottingham
Thesis Title: A Framework for Accelerated Product Innovation in a Big Data Environment
Supervisor: Kim Hua Tan
"I am incredibly honored to receive the prestigious 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Award. I would like to thank my supervisor Prof Kim Hua Tan for his outstanding supervision at various stages of my doctoral research. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the editorial team of the IJOPM, as well as Emerald and EFMD for offering this award competition. Appreciation and thanks also goes to my family, especially my beloved parents and wife, for their unconditional love and continuous support."

Dr Néstor Ayala
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Thesis Title: Integration of service providers in product companies aiming the development of Servitization
Supervisor: Alejandro Germán Frank

Dr Yu Gong
University of Southampton
PhD obtained at: University of Exeter

Thesis Title: Supply chain learning of sustainability in China: What role does MNCs’ leadership play?
Supervisor: Fu Jia
"Delighted and proud that my PhD thesis was Highly Commended by Emerald/EFMD. My thanks go to the dissertation committee, to all the companies and interviewees participated in the research. Especially thank my supervisors Prof. Jeff Jia and Prof. Steve Brown, and the University of Exeter for providing the inspiring research environment."

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Category sponsored by: International Journal of Logistics Management


Dr Agustina Calatayud
Newcastle University
Thesis Title: Understanding connectivity to international markets: a complex network perspective
Supervisor: Professor John Mangan and Dr Roberto Palacin
"I am very honored to receive this prestigious award, for which I would like to thank Emerald Publishing, EFMD and the International Journal of Logistics Management. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisors Prof. Roberto Palacin and Prof. John Mangan of the School of Engineering at Newcastle University for their continuous guidance, encouragement and support during my Ph.D. research. I could not have imagined having better supervisors and mentors for my Ph.D. program."

Highly Commended

Dr Christoph Flöthmann
Kühne Logistics University
PhD obtained at: Copenhagen Business School

Thesis Title: Who Manages Our Supply Chains? Backgrounds, Competencies and Contributions of Human Resources in Supply Chain Management
Supervisor: Britta Gammelgaard (CBS) & Kai Hoberg (KLU)

Dr Ifeyinwa Juliet Orji
Ningbo Supply Chain Innovation Institue China
PhD obtained at: Dalian University of Technology China

Thesis Title: Research on decision making approach for sustainable supplier selection and sustainable manufacturing costing
Supervisor: Professor Sun Wei
"I am happy to receive the news that my doctoral research has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management category. The award validates my doctoral research as being outstanding and of high-quality. My sincere gratitude goes to Emerald and EFMD for the international recognition. This recognition will further fuel my passion to continue research on developing effective models for sustainable supply chain operations. I would like to thank my doctoral supervisor, Prof. Sun Wei for his immense contribution to my research, as well as Dalian University of Technology for providing me with the right environment for fostering innovation and excellence in research."

Educational Leadership and Strategy

Category sponsored by: Journal of Educational Administration


Professor Hajime Mitani
Rowan University
PhD obtained at: Vanderbilt University

Thesis Title: Principals’ Working Conditions, Job Stress, and Turnover Behaviors under NCLB Accountability Pressure
Supervisor: Professor Jason A. Grissom
"I am deeply honored to receive the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Education and Leadership Strategy category for my research on school principals under accountability pressure. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jason Grissom, who served as my academic advisor for the entire five years of my Ph.D. program and chaired my dissertation committee. He supported my dissertation research and assisted me in going through this long research process successfully. I also would like to thank Drs. Gary Henry, Ron Zimmer, and Mark Lipsey, all of whom served as my dissertation committee members, for improving the quality of the research. Without their commitments, I would not have been successful in my research. I hope that my research makes meaningful contributions to the school leadership literature."

Highly Commended

Dr Marie Lockton
University of California, San Diego
Thesis Title: Deliberating Instructional Reform: How Teachers Collectively Negotiate Changing Beliefs and Practices
Supervisor: Dr. Amanda Datnow

Dr Wei Guo
The Education University of Hong Kong
Thesis Title: Perceptual Differences between Principals and Teachers on Principal Instructional Leadership in China: The Impact of Cultural and Organizational Factors
Supervisor: LU Jiafang

Dr Amanda Potterton
University of Kentucky
PhD obtained at: Arizona State University

Thesis Title: Arizona’s Mature Education Market: How School and Community Stakeholders Make Meaning of School Choice Policies
Supervisor: Dr. Jeanne M. Powers

Management and Governance

Category sponsored by: Management Decision


Dr Camille Meyer
University of Victoria
PhD obtained at: Université libre de Bruxelles

Thesis Title: Social Finance and the Commons
Supervisor: Marek Hudon

Highly Commended

Dr Zsuzsanna Géring
Budapest Business School
PhD obtained at: Corvinus University of Budapest

Thesis Title: The online discourse of corporate social responsibility. What and how Hungarian medium-sized and large companies communicate about their corporate social role and responsibility
Supervisor: Professor György Lengyel

Dr Jennifer Manning
Dublin Institute of Technology
Thesis Title: Maya Women Organising in the Margins: A Post/Decolonial Feminist Approach
Supervisors: Professor Paul Donnelly and Dr. Miguel Imas


Professor Marcos Ferasso
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Meridional Faculty – IMED Business School, Passo Fundo (Brazil)
Visiting Professor and Researcher, KEDGE Business School – Marseilles (France)
PhD obtained at: Federal University of Parana
Thesis Title: Innovations as strategic factors of high-tech SMEs in Innovation Ecosystems: a cross-national analysis from Configurations Approach

Supervisor: Dr. Lucien J. Houenou



Human Resource Management

Category sponsored by: Personnel Review


Ms Shreyashi Chakraborty
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
Thesis Title: Antecedents and Outcomes of Gender Diversity Management: An Exploratory Study in the Indian IT/ITeS Industry
Supervisors: Professor Leena Chatterjee and Prof. Amit Dhiman

Highly Commended

Dr Alexandra Köves
Corvinus University of Budapest
Thesis Title: Back from the Future: Defining Sustainable Employment through Backcasting
Supervisor: Dr. György Pataki
"I am honoured to receive this award. Such an esteemed feedback gives any researcher new impetus on continuing this work with enthusiasm. I am also happy that the evaluators appreciate research beyond mainstream paradigms. Our society badly needs alternative visions to find its way out of a seemingly unsustainable modus operandi. There are no clear-cut answers to complex problems such as sustainable employment. However, the search itself brings in insights that broaden our horizons on potential solutions. I am grateful for my supervisor, György Pataki and for my colleagues (especially Gábor Király and Bálint Balázs) for continuously broadening my horizons.”

Dr James Brooks
Huddersfield University
PhD obtained at:Leeds University Business School

Thesis Title: Understanding Knowledge Transfer in the UK Fire and Rescue Service
Supervisor: Professor Irena Grugulis
“…I am thrilled to have received the Emerald/ EFMD highly commended award for my research. I would not have done so without the patience and guidance of my supervisors Professor Irena Grugulis and Dr Hugh Cook for which I am indebted. I would like to thank all the fire fighters who gave their time so freely for the research and the DCO and ACO of the Fire Service who helped throughout. I hope that my research will make a contribution to fire fighter safety and the working lives of front line fire service personnel…”

Dr Eduardo Oliveira
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
PhD obtained at: University of Porto

Thesis Title: Ageism in the workplace: Stereotype threat, work disengagement and organizational disidentification among older workers
Supervisor: Carlos José Cabral-Cardoso

Leadership and Organization Development

Category sponsored by: Leadership & Organization Development Journal


Dr Heather Cairns-Lee
University of Surrey
Thesis Title: An exploration of leadership and its development through the inner worlds of leaders using metaphor
Supervisor: Dr Paul Tosey and Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith
"I am absolutely delighted and honoured to win the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research award in Leadership and Organizational Development! I want to thank Emerald/EFMD for encouraging and celebrating excellence in research and the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal for sponsoring the outstanding doctoral award in leadership and organizational development. My thanks go to all the international business leaders whose openness and trust in me to explore their inner worlds afforded such rich insights into how leaders make meaning through metaphor. It is with affection that I thank my fabulous supervisors Dr. Paul Tosey and Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith as well as ‘Clean Language’ expert James Lawley for their support, encouragement and belief in the originality and contribution of my research.
My research innovates a novel method to develop leaders’ self-awareness through surfacing and examining their metaphors making assumptions available for examination. This phenomenological research is one of the first large-scale studies to apply ‘Clean Language’ interviewing to elicit metaphor and offers a personalised approach to authentic leader development. I hope that my work on what leaders learn when they attend to their inner world and how they make meaning through metaphor sparks further creative and relevant research."

Highly Commended

Dr Erin Landells
Deakin University
Thesis Title: Perceptions of organizational politics—the positives and negatives
Supervisor: Dr Simon Albrecht

Mrs Anshu Sharma
Management Development Institute - Gurgaon
Thesis Title: Determinants of organizational learning capability in the digital age: role of enterprise social media, social capital and informal learning
Supervisor: Jyotsna Bhatnagar

Dr Piia Uusi-kakkuri
University of Vaasa
Thesis Title: Transformational leadership and leading creativity
Supervisor: Tiina Brandt
"I am honored to receive the 2017 EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the awarding bodies for this prestigious award and my supervisors Dr. Tiina Brandt and Vesa Routamaa for their guidance and support. I hope this research highlights the importance of supporting creativity and gives insights to developing leadership, while also inspiring further studies around the topic."

Health Care Management

Category sponsored by: Journal of Health Organization and Management


Ms Michaela Kerrissey
Harvard Business School
Thesis Title: Integrating across Boundaries: Structures, Process and Behaviors that Enable Integrated Services
Supervisor: Amy Edmondson
"I am deeply honored to have my dissertation recognized as winner of the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Health Care Management. My dissertation combines organizational behavior and healthcare services research to develop and test theory about cross-boundary work in care delivery for patients with chronic diseases. My hope has been that my research will advance the understanding of health organizations while also contributing to tangible improvements in patient care, and Emerald/EFMD’s recognition is a greatly valued step in doing so. I am grateful to my wonderful advisers, particularly Amy Edmondson and Sara Singer, and to the health care practitioners who informed this research and who devote their lives to care."

Highly Commended

Dr Caterina Cavicchi
University of Ferrara
Thesis Title: Sustainable development operationalization in healthcare organizations and the role of intellectual capital
Supervisor: Professor Emidia Vagnoni


Dr Jette Ernst
University of Southern Denmark
Thesis Title: Organizing to reform, the social aspects of organizational change in a Danish hospital department.
Supervisor: Astrid Jensen


Professor Yuna S.H. Lee
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
PhD obtained at: Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Thesis Title: Fostering Creativity to Improve Health Care Quality
Supervisor: Ingrid Nembhard

Tourism and Hospitality Management

Category sponsored by: Tourism Review


Dr Michael Kruesi
National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism
PhD obtained at: Auckland University of Technology

Thesis Title: Management Contracts and Franchising: A Two-Study Examination of Non-Equity Entry Mode Choice in the Hotel Sector
Supervisor: Nigel Hemmington
"I am honoured to receive the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Tourism and Hospitality and am delighted that my research has been recognised so early in my academic career. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisors Professor Nigel Hemmington and Associate Professor Peter (BeomCheol) Kim, without their invaluable guidance and support this would not have been possible. Moreover, I would like to thank the awarding bodies for this prestigious award also. I hope that my research on non-equity entry modes in the hotel industry can add to the academic conversation in this exciting field of inquiry."

Highly Commended

Dr Florian Kock
Copenhagen Business School
Thesis Title: The Role of Tourists' Country Images and Country Biases in the Globalized Marketplace
Supervisor: Alexander Josiassen

Dr Arminda Almeida-Santana
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC)
Thesis Title: Advances in Tourism Marketing in a Global Market. Towards a Better Understanding of Loyalty, Social Media, Island Tourism and Cultural Convergence
Supervisor: Sergio Moreno-Gil


Category sponsored by:European Journal of Marketing


Ms Dionne Nickerson
Georgia Institute of Technology
Thesis Title: “Does It Pay to Be Virtuous? Examining Whether and Why Firms Benefit From Their CSR Initiatives”
Supervisor: Sundar Bharadwaj and Ajay Kohli
“I am happy and honored to receive the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Marketing category. Research in the fields of sustainability and corporate social responsibility is not only important to me but also urgently needed. Thus, I would like to express my gratitude to Emerald/EFMD and the European Journal of Marketing for supporting this work. I would like to thank the chairs of my dissertation committee, Drs. Sundar Bharadwaj and Ajay Kohli. I would also like to thank Drs. Adithya Pattabhiramaiah and Michael Lowe for their guidance throughout this process.”

Highly Commended

Dr Ana Babic Rosario
Institution: University of Denver
Thesis Title: The Effect of Electronic Word of Mouth on Sales: A Meta-Analytic Review of Platform, Product, and Metric Factors
Supervisors: Kristine de Valck and Francesca Sotgiu


Ms Corinne Kelley
Institution: Florida State University
Thesis Title: The Ambassador Effect: How Inducing an Ambassador Role Increases Consumers’ Prosocial Marketplace Behavior and Patronage Intentions
Supervisors: Maura L. Scott and Martin Mende

Mr Mansur Khamitov
Institution: University of Western Ontario, Ivey
Thesis Title: How Well Do Consumer-Brand Relationships Drive Customer Brand Loyalty? Generalizations from a Meta-Analysis of Brand Relationship Elasticities
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Thomson


Category sponsored by: Managerial Finance


Dr Wael Rouatbi
Montpellier Business School
PhD obtained at: Université Paris-Est

Thesis Title: Essays on the Governance Role of Multiple Large Shareholders
Supervisor: Sabri Boubaker
“I am extremely honored to receive the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. I would like to express my gratitude to my supervisor Pr. Sabri Boubaker for his tremendous support and guidance. I would also like to thank Emerald/EFMD and the awarding bodies for choosing me as the winner of this prestigious award! This recognition inspires me to continue striving for excellence.”

Highly Commended

Dr Mostafa Hasan
Curtin University
Thesis Title: Three essays on corporate finance
Supervisor: Adrian Cheung

Dr Ahmed Salhin
PhD obtained at: Heriot Watt University

Thesis Title: Managerial Sentiment, Investor Sentiment and Stock Returns
Supervisor: Mohamed Sherif

Dr Erhan Kilincarslan
University of Huddersfield
PhD obtained at: Birkbeck College, University of London

Thesis Title: Dividend Policy: Evidence from Turkey
Supervisor: Professor Basil Al-Najjar

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Previous winners


To be eligible for the awards, the research must address an issue that is of importance to one of the various subject areas listed here.

The 2017 awards were open to those who had completed and satisfied examination requirements for a doctoral award, between 15 Jan 2015 and 15 January 2018, and had not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria

The entries were judged by the Editor(s) and at least one Editorial Advisory Board member of the sponsoring journal. Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  1. Significance/implications for theory and practice.
  2. Originality and innovation.
  3. Appropriateness and application of the methodology.
  4. Quality of data/research.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. Winners will be required to submit an unpublished paper, sole- or joint-authored, derived from the research, within six months of winning the Award. The Editors reserve the right not to select a winning paper if, in their judgment, none of the entries is considered satisfactory.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will not receive any feedback.