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2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards


International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research

This year there were 12 subject categories, sponsored by a selection of Emerald journals. The Awards were open to those who had completed examination requirements for a doctoral award between 1 October 2009 and 1 October 2012.

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

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

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


Interdisciplinary accounting research

aaajCategory sponsored by Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal


Dr Marie-Soleil Tremblay
“Three Dimensions of Corporate Governance: Trials of Strength, Illusions of Control and Gender Diversity”
École Nationale D'administration Publique, Canada

"I am honored and grateful to receive the 2012 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Interdisciplinary accounting. I would like to thank members of the AAAJ jury, Emerald and EFMD and I share this acknowledgement of my hard work with my director Yves Gendron as well as my doctoral committee and colleagues from Laval University for their continued guidance, support and inspiration. This prestigious award acknowledges high quality qualitative research grounded in various theoretical perspectives and encourages me to continue to study the rich complexity and inherent contradictions of the world in which we live."

Emerald Business Manager, Angelo Mazzeo (left) and award winner Dr Stephen JollandsHighly Commended

Dr Stephen Jollands
“Management Control Systems and Sustainability”
University of Exeter Business School, United Kingdom

Pictured right: Emerald Business Manager, Angelo Mazzeo (left) presenting Dr Stephen Jollands with his award.

Photo taken by Exeter University Press

Highly Commended

Dr Kris Hardies
“The Gendered Production of Audit Quality”
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Highly Commended

Dr Ronita Ram
“Development of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities”
The University of Sydney, Australia

Highly Commended

Kertu Lääts
“Management accounting change in a dynamic economic environment based on examples from business and public sector organizations”
University of Tartu, Estonia

Marketing research

ejmCategory sponsored by European Journal of Marketing


Dr Nadia Abou Nabout
“Optimal Search Engine Marketing”
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

"I am incredibly happy to receive this year’s Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. It’s a great reward for years of research and definitely helps me to get my ideas out there. I would like to thank my supervisor, Bernd Skiera, for his strong support throughout the years and the jury as well as Emerald and EFMD for organizing this prize. I just love doing research. The prize is a great sign that I am on the right track and a strong motivation to carry on and stay in academia."

Highly Commended

Miss Hristina Dzhogleva
“Individual and Social Dynamics of Self-Control”
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Highly Commended

Professor Marcelo Nepomuceno
“Anti-consumption: The Lifestyles of the Disciplined Materialists”
ESCP Europe, Paris Campus, France

Highly Commended

Dr Liang Zhao
“Strategic Firm Behaviour in New Product Preannouncement”
University of Arizona, USA

Hospitality management

ijchmCategory sponsored by International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management


Dr Jie Wang
“Planning for the Inevitable: An Examination of Strategic Crisis Planning in the Australian Accommodation Industry”
The University of Queensland, Australia

“I feel extremely honored to receive the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Hospitality Management category. This prestigious award reflects the significance of my research in the field of risk resilience and crisis management in the service industry. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my thesis supervisor Brent Ritchie who has inspired and supported me to academic excellence. I strongly appreciate that the European Foundation for Management Development and Emerald Group Publishing Limited are doing such a great work by offering international recognition to the doctoral research excellence. This award strongly encourages me to keep innovating and doing cutting-edge research.”

Highly Commended

Dr Myongjee Yoo
“The Long-term Impact of a Loyalty Program: An Evaluation from the Gaming Industry”
Florida International University, USA

Highly Commended

Dr Yong Chen
“Modeling Quality Deterioration in Package Tours: An Application to China’s “Zero-Fare” Group Tour”
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, P.R. China

Highly Commended

Dr Jingjing Yang
“Functions of Social Conflict in Tourism: Tourism’s Impacts on the Kanas Tuva and Kazakh Settlements, Xinjiang, China”
University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Operations and production management

ijopmCategory sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Dr Assadej Vanichchinchai
“The Relationship between Quality Management and Supply Chain Management: An Analysis of the Automotive Industry in Thailand”
Sripatum University, Thailand
(Doctoral award conferred by Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)

"I feel very honored to be the Winner of the prestigious 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This truly international award is a great motivation for me to strive further for research excellence at international level. I would like to share this wonderful success with my advisor, my family and colleagues at Asian Institute of Technology and Sripatum University, Thailand and also to thank Emerald Group Publishing, European Foundation for Management Development and the editorial team of International Journal of Operations & Production Management for their global recognitions of my supply chain quality management research."

Dr Wen-Hsing LiuHighly Commended

Dr Wen-Hsing Liu
“A Comprehensive Model of Perceived Project Team Performance”
Texas Tech University, USA

Dr Liu has since gained a faculty position at Texas A&M University of Commerce where she was presented with her award by Emerald Business Manager, Bea Ramirez.

Pictured right: Dr Wen-Hsing Liu with her award.

Logistics and supply chain management

ijpdlmCategory sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management


Dr Purushottam Lal Meena
“Sourcing Decisions under the Risks of Supply Disruption and Supplier Satisfaction”
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

"I am extremely honored that my doctoral research has been chosen as the winner of the prestigious 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Award. My sincere gratitude and appreciation in shaping my research career goes to my supervisor Professor S.P. Sarmah who never ceased to guide and encourage me during these challenging years. I am grateful to the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management for sponsoring this award and also would like to thank the Emerald and EFMD for providing such an opportunity to promote doctoral research. Winning this award really encourages me to seek continued research excellence. I hope that this award will also encourage other researchers to get their quality research recognized by the esteemed judging panel of Emerald.”

Highly Commended

Dr Dominik Fabian Riedl
“Behavioral Supply Management – A Decision Theory-Based Investigation of Decision Process Decomposition in the United States and China”
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

Highly Commended

Dr Graham Heaslip
“Strengthening Civil Military Partnerships in Humanitarian Operations”
National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland

Information science

jdocCategory sponsored by Journal of Documentation

Joint Winner

Dr Felix Portnoy
“Avoiding Ad Avoidance: Factors Affecting the Perception of Online Banner Ads”
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"One of the main goals of my dissertation was to find a silver lining in which we can maintain free and open access to online content while allowing Web publishers to sustain themselves financially. Using a multidisciplinary approach and a battery of quantitative methods, I was able to discover new findings that support that goal. This award reflects the dedication of my adviser, Dr. Gary Marchionini, as well and the indispensable feedback and advice received from my doctoral committee: Dr. Todd Barlow, Dr. Robin Jeffries, Dr. Sri Kalyanaraman and Dr. Diane Kelly. I would also like to thank the members of the Journal of Documentation jury, Emerald and EFMD for organizing this award competition. It is a strong incentive for me and others to keep innovating and aspire for excellence in research."

Joint Winner

Dr Shelagh K Genuis
“Making Sense of Evolving Health Information: Navigating Uncertainty in Everyday Life”
University of Alberta, Canada

I am delighted and deeply honoured to receive the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Information Science. A dissertation, however, is never the accomplishment of a single individual. I am therefore particularly grateful for the invaluable contributions of my supervisors, Dr. Heidi Julien and Dr. Brenda Cameron. My interdisciplinary doctoral work focused on how consumers make sense of evolving and uncertain health information mediated by the wide range of sources that people use and value in the context of everyday life. Based on interviews with consumers and health professionals, this study raises new considerations related to knowledge translation as an on-going, personal process of social construction, which is shaped by evidence, context and facilitation.
Receiving this prize is a strong affirmation of my ongoing involvement in interdisciplinary research, particularly at the intersection of Information Science and Health disciplines.

Highly Commended

Dr Nuala Connolly
“Conceptualising Privacy, Securing Identity: An Information Solution”
NUI Maynooth, Ireland

Highly Commended

Dr Wen-Chin Hsu
“Older People's Use of the NHS Direct Telephone Advice and Information Service”
National Central University, Taiwan

Highly Commended

Dr Tanja Mercun
“Visualization of Results and Navigation Support in User Interfaces of Bibliographic Information Systems”
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Highly Commended

Mrs Johanna Rivano Eckerdal
“Information, Identity, Citizenship: Young Women’s Stories About Choosing Contraceptives”
Lund University, Sweden

Educational leadership and strategy

jeaCategory sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Dr Angela Urick
“To What Extent Do Typologies of School Leaders Across the U.S. Predict Teacher Attrition? A Multilevel Latent Class Analysis of Principals and Teachers”
Minnesota State University, USA

"I want to thank Emerald/EFMD and the Journal of Educational Administration for the selection of my dissertation as a 2012 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award winner. This award is an unexpected honor that represents my commitment to research and the field of educational leadership. As a faculty member, I will continue to research the ways in which educational leaders choose to practice or choose not to practice our notions of “idealized” leadership based on their own background and the needs of their school community. I am grateful for the guidance that I received from the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the continued support of my dissertation chair, Alex Bowers, and committee, Bruce Barnett, Amaury Nora and Mariela Rodriguez, and for a grant that funded this dissertation from the Academy for Teacher Excellence at UTSA, Belinda Flores. Through this award, Emerald/EFMD and the Journal of Educational Administration have brought attention to my work and, in turn, helped support my transition from a doctoral student to faculty member."

Highly Commended

Dr Linda Bendikson
“The Effects of Principal Instructional Leadership on Secondary School Performance”
The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Highly Commended

Dr Pascale Benoliel
“Managing from the Boundary in Senior Management Teams – Exploring the Antecedents and Consequences of School Leader’s External and Internal Activities at the Individual, Team and Organizational Levels.”
Haifa University, Israel

Highly Commended

Dr Serena Salloum
“Collective Efficacy, Social Context, Teachers’ Work, and Student Achievement: A Mixed Method Study”
Ball State University, USA

Highly Commended

Dr Dimitri Van Maele
“Individual and Collective Teacher Trust in Other School Members: Antecedents at the Teacher and Organizational School Level and Relationships with Teachers’ Job Attitudes and Students’ Social Integration in School”
Ghent University, Belgium

Knowledge management

jkmCategory sponsored by Journal of Knowledge ManagementAnnette Dunham


Dr Annette Dunham
“Knowledge Management in the Context of an Ageing Workforce: Organizational Memory and Mentoring”
The University of Canterbury, New Zealand

"I want to thank Emerald and the EFMD, and the Journal of Knowledge Management Editorial team, for this honour which is so encouraging at this early stage of my academic career. I would also like to acknowledge the support and encouragement I received during the time of my thesis research, from my primary supervisor, Dr Chris Burt, and colleagues in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the financial support I received from a New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship. Finally I would like to thank the organizations and community groups that participated in the studies that made up the thesis. Their enthusiasm for the project along with the recognition that this award bestows, strongly encourages me to continue to pursue questions surrounding the impact to organizational knowledge management when “a career’s worth of experience walks out the door”.

Emerald Regional Manager Sibu Zondi (left) and award winner, Dr Ellen Caroline MartinsHighly Commended

Dr Ellen Caroline Martins
“Identifying the Organisational and Behavioural Factors that Influence Knowledge Retention”
University of South Africa, South Africa

"I would like to thank Emerald, the EFMD and specifically the Journal of Knowledge Management editors for bestowing the honour of this 2012 highly commended Outstanding Doctoral Research Award on me. I would like to give thanks to God who guided me to undertake this research at a later stage in my life. Appreciation and thanks also goes to my supervisor, Prof Dr Hester Meyer at UNISA, Department of Information Science; Andries Masenge the statistician and Moya Joubert, the language editor, both from UNISA; my husband, Nico and my family, for their support and encouragement to complete this most rewarding Doctoral research. The award serves as motivation to strive for further research contributions, and hopefully to encourage other candidates to strive for research excellence."

Dr Martins was presented with her award by Emerald Regional Manager, Sibu Zondi

Pictured right: Sibu Zondi (left) and award winner Dr Ellen Caroline Martins


Highly Commended

Dr Jing Xu
“Dynamic Knowledge Management Modeling for the Innovation in Engineering Design”
Yangzhou University, P. R. China

Management and governance

mdCategory sponsored by Management Decision


Dr Andreea Apetrei
“Standardization and Adaptation in the Organizational Management – An Intercultural Approach”
Alexandru Loan Cuza University , Romania

"I am extremely honored to receive this year’s Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. I am incredibly happy that my research was considered to have such an international impact. From the beginning of my Phd studies, I was concerned about how I can introduce a post-communism "management" into the international management stage light. Nevertheless, I find this paragraph a great opportunity to acknowledge the persons who took part in this research. First of all, I would like to send my gratitude to my doctoral supervisors, professors and colleagues from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania (Doctoral Project POSDRU/88/1.5/S/47646) and to all other important researchers and professors that I have met at scientific events. Due to their inspiring thoughts, devoted work and helpful advice, this award transforms in a collective recognition appreciation. Then, I would like to specially thank Emerald for this amazing project. I am sure that this award will bring many great opportunities in my professional life and it is definitely the most important mile stone of my career."

Highly Commended

Dr Deirdre O'Shea
“Integrating Cognitive, Motivational and Emotional Self-regulatory Processes in Early Stage Entrepreneurs”
University of Limerick, Ireland

Highly Commended

Dr Jurgen Willems
“Nonprofit Governance and Effectiveness: Beyond the Organizational Perspective”
Vrije Universiteit, Belgium

Human resource management

prCategory sponsored by Personnel Review


Dr Sue Mulhall
“Celtic Tiger, Hidden Tales: Living Stories of Career Success for Community Employment Scheme Participants – A Critical Interpretive Analysis”
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

“I am delighted and honoured to be presented with the winner’s prize for the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. It represents the culmination of the expert advice and guidance from my two supervisors, and the love, support and patience from my husband and daughter. By narrating individual career stories against the backdrop of contemporary policy areas, such as active labour markets programmes, this award highlights the importance of situating scholarship within the broader public space. The prize will allow me to further contribute to careers literature within the academic community, offer rigorous analysis to international and national policy makers, and encourage discussion among individual career actors.”

Highly Commended

Dr Aviv Kidron
“The Relation between Internal Integration within Human Resource Management Subsystem and Human Resource Management Effectiveness”
The Max Stren Academic Yezreel Valley College, Israel

Highly Commended

Dr Michael Pobat
“It is all in the Mind of the Manager – Using Cognitive Complexity to Explore the Global Mindset – A Comparative Case Study”
The George Washington University, USA

Highly Commended

Dr Megan Stronach
“Sport Career Transition: Stories of Elite Indigenous Australian Sportsmen.”
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Highly Commended

Dr Florence Villesèche
“We mean business: discursive practices and collective agency of women's business networks”
University of Geneva, Suisse

Leadership and organization development

lodjCategory sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal

Joint Winner

Dr Shin-Guang Liang
“Who Exhibits Authentic Leadership and When Does it Matter? A Cross-Level Examination of Antecedents, Boundary Conditions, Processes, and Consequences of Authentic Leadership”
National Defense University, Taiwan

"I am pleased and honored on being chosen as a joint winner of the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Leadership and Organization Development category. I truly thank Emerald, the EFMD, and the editorial team of Leadership & Organization Development Journal for their recognition of my efforts to explore the important issue of authentic leadership. This recognition is a tremendous encouragement for me to continually contribute to this domain. Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my advisor at National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Professor Shu-Cheng Steve Chi and co-advisor at Arizona State University (USA), Professor Fred Walumbwa, for their great support and constructive guidance during my doctoral years."

Joint Winner

Dr Ivan Butar Butar
“Leadership Behavior and Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The roles of Paternalism, Climate Regarding Ethics, and Cultural Orientations”
Monash University, Australia

“It is an honor and a blessing to receive the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Leadership and Organization Development category. I would like to thank people at the Emerald Group Publishing, EFMD, and the editorial team of Leadership & Organization Development Journal for this recognition of my dissertation and research efforts. I am also enormously indebted a wealth of gratitude to my doctoral supervisors, Dr. Sen Sendjaya (Monash University) and Professor Charmine E. J. Härtel (The University of Queensland), for their untiring and terrific supervision. Indeed, this prestigious award has reinforced my belief that this painstaking work is rewarded, and has inspired me to continue striving for excellence in the fields of leadership and organization. Thank you once again for this recognition. I am both humbled and grateful.”

Highly Commended

Dr Andrew Beale
“Workplace Trust and its Impact on the Delivery of High Organisational Performance in Fire & Rescue Services”
Nottingham Trent University, UK

Highly Commended

Dr Pierre J. Johnston
“Transformational Leadership and Employee Well-Being; a Longitudinal Two-Study Investigation”
Saint Mary's University, Canada

Health Care Management

jhomCategory sponsored by Journal of Health Organisation and Management


Dr Evelyn Cornelissen
“Implementing a Rational Priority Setting Approach in Community Care in the Interior Health Authority: Assessing Fit, Evaluating Implementation, and Determining Impact”
University of British Columbia, Canada

"I am extremely grateful and honoured to have my doctoral research, focused on healthcare priority setting and implementation science, chosen as the winner of the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This prestigious award provides me, and my thesis supervisor and committee, with external validation of the quality of my work and verification that the years of dedication it took to complete were well worth the effort. Thank you to the jury members from the Journal of Health Organization and Management, and to Emerald and EFMD, for making this exceptional award available. This award is a strong motivator for me to continue pursuing innovative research that can contribute to improved health services delivery and management."

Highly Commended

Dr Robyn Clay-Williams
“Multidisciplinary Crew Resource Management (CRM) in Health Care: Attitude and Behaviour Change Associated with Classroom and Simulation-based Training”
University of New South Wales, Australia

Highly Commended

Dr Sudeh Cheraghi-Sohi
“Contractual Change and UK General Practitioners: Still a Case of Street-Level Bureaucrats?”
University of Manchester, United Kingdom


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