Product Information:-

  • Journals
  • Books
  • Case Studies
  • Regional information
Request a service from our experts.

2014 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research

Logo: 10th Anniversary.

Announcing the winners

Logo: EFMD.Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publisher of the largest collection of international business and management journals, and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a global membership organization with more than 700 institutional members from academia, business and public services, seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2014 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.



Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,500 (or currency equivalent), a certificate and a winners' logo to attach to correspondence. In addition, a number of Highly Commended Awards will be bestowed. This year there are 12 categories.

Interdisciplinary accounting research

Category sponsored by Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal


Dr Max Baker
The University of Sydney
Thesis title: The role of accounting in enabling strategic corporate social responsibility: A functionalist, critical and post-modern reading of the case study
Superviser: Professor John Roberts

The award speaks volumes about the high level of training I received at the discipline of accounting at Sydney University. The discipline has won previous emerald awards, which is quite humbling, and will hopefully continue to do so in the future. The award itself is an amazing opportunity and very important as it recognises the effort PhD students put into their theses. There is actually not a lot of post PhD reflection and congratulations outside the graduation so its a beautiful thing to be recognized for that extra effort and acknowledge the fact that someone else must think "I did well".
(Max Baker, The University of Sydney)

Highly Commended

Mrs Delphine Gibassier
Toulouse Business School
PhD obtained at HEC Paris
Thesis title: Environmental Management Accounting Development: Institutionalization, Adoption and Practice
Superviser: Hélène Löning

Marketing research

Category sponsored by European Journal of Marketing


Ms Carla Ferraro
Monash University
Thesis title: Deconstructing the Impact of Store Refurbishment
Superviser: Tracey Danaher (previously Dagger)

Highly Commended

Dr Alexander Bleier
Boston College
PhD obtained at University of Cologne
Thesis title: Essays on Personalized Online Advertising
Superviser: Maik Eisenbeiss

Mr Achilleas Boukis
Sussex University
PhD obtained at Strathclyde University
Thesis title: The effect of Internal Market Orientation, intra-organizational dynamics and knowledge management strategies on resource optimization, learning and performance during service innovation projects
Superviser: Spiros Gounaris

Ms Magda Hassan
University of Cambridge
Thesis title: The Lives of Micro-marketers: Why Do Some Differentiate Themselves from their Competitors More than Others?
Superviser: Jaideep Prabhu

Hospitality management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management


Dr Kevin Kam Fung So
University of South Carolina
PhD obtained at Griffith University
Thesis title: An Investigation of the Role of Customer Engagement in Strengthening Service Brand Loyalty
Supervisers: Ceridwyn King, Beverley Sparks and Ying Wang

Highly Commended

Dr Estrella Diaz
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Thesis title: Service cannibalization in travel agencies: Analysis of its consequences on sales agents
Supervisers: David Martín-Consuegra and Águeda Esteban

Dr Shelagh Mooney
AUT University, Auckland
Thesis title: How the Intersections of Age, Gender, Ethnicity and Class Influence the Longevity of a Hospitality Career in New Zealand
Supervisers: Dr Irene Ryan and Dr Candice Harris

Dr Lina Xiong
Colorado State University
PhD obtained at Temple University
Thesis title: Employee brand internalization: the central route to a brand aligned workforce
Superviser: Ceridwyn King

Operations and production management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Dr Peter Marzec
Nottingham University Business School
Thesis title: A Knowledge-Based View of Process Improvement: A Mixed Methods Study into the Role of Social Networks and Knowledge Acquisition
Superviser: Dr Kim Hua Tan

Logistics and supply chain management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management


Dr André Kreie
Heriot-Watt University
Thesis title: The Adaptation of Supply Chains to Climate Change
Superviser: Prof. Dr. Alan C. McKinnon

It is an honour for the university, my supervisors, my current employer (Switzerland-based Kuehne Foundation) and me to win such a highly distinguished international prize. The Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award provides a great opportunity for a broad range of excellent research submissions focusing on innovation and actual contribution not only to theory, but also to practical relevance. It is therefore one of the most truely international prizes, highly acknowledged, and judged by an international panel comprising American as well as European experts. Particularly in times in which positivist research is still the dominant paradigm in business- and logistics-related research, it is very encouraging that also other approaches considering stronger human involvement from the real business world, for example, are also perceived as of high quality.
 Winning this award clearly attracted rising interest about the research activities at Heriot-Watt University and also some interest in my personal career after publishing this great news in social media (e.g. LinkedIn, etc...). As I was on a business trip in Ethiopia at the time the prize winners were announced, even there our cooperative universities looked up the news and were delighted to partner with us. So a truely internationally recognized award.
(Dr. André Kreie, BVL Campus, HIWL, Hochschule fuer Internationale Wirtschaft und Logistik)

Information science

Category sponsored by Journal of Documentation


Mr Zhengwei Qiu
Dublin City University
Thesis title: A Lifelogging System Supporting Multimodal Access
Superviser: Dr Cathal Gurrin

I am extremely honored to be selected as the winner of the Emerald/EFMD Doctoral Research Award for my PhD thesis. It is a great achievement from both institutional and personal perspectives. I sincerely thank my PhD supervisor Dr Cathal Gurrin and mentor Professor Alan Smeaton for their great expertise in the lifelogging field. Their extremely strong support and very kind hearts enabled me to have a very memorable PhD journey at Dublin City University. I also thank all colleagues and friends at DCU who helped me along the journey. I am very grateful to Emerald/EFMD and Journal of Documentation to encrourage and recognize cutting edge research. They have very much strengthened my belief in what I am doing. I will continue to improve my work and expect that more people will benefit from my lifelogging research.
(Zhengwei Qiu, Dublin City University)

Highly Commended

Dr Youngseek Kim
University of Kentucky
PhD obtained at Syracuse University
Thesis title: Institutional and Individual Influences on Scientists’ Data Sharing Behaviors
Superviser: Dr. Ping Zhang

Educational leadership and strategy

Category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Dr Huriya Jabbar
University of Texas at Austin
PhD obtained at University of California Berkeley
Thesis title: The Rising Tide: School Choice and Competition in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Superviser: Janelle Scott

Highly Commended

Dr Smadar Gilad-Hai
Haifa University
Thesis title: The day after – consequences of innovation implementation in experimental schools on organizational functioning after the intervention ended: The moderating impact of climate for innovation and principal’s characteristics
Superviser: Prof. Somech Anit

Knowledge management

Category sponsored by Journal of Knowledge Management


Dr Jodith Leung
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Thesis title: The use of storytelling as transfer of knowledge
Superviser: Patrick S.W. Fong

Highly Commended

Dr Raphael Silberzahn
IESE Business School
PhD obtained at University of Cambridge
Superviser: Martin Kilduff

Management and governance

Category sponsored by Management Decision


Robert Randolph
University of Nevada Las Vegas
PhD obtained at Mississippi State University
Thesis title: Collaborative Resilience: The Multi-Level Structural of Organizational Kinship in Socioeconomic Collectives
Superviser: Dr. Rebecca Long

I feel very honored to be the recipient of the Emerald EFMD dissertation award. Considering the lengthy process of academic research, as a new tenure-track faculty member I feel like this process has helped legitimize my research in my institution and within the field. My research is not perfectly aligned with the mainstream literature and while I think there is a lot of potential there it can be hard illustrating that potential as a junior faculty, so this award helps me in that process by showing that even though it is a work in progress it has been recognized as having high merit and potential for contributing to my scholarly field.
(Robert Randolph, University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Human resource management

Category sponsored by Personnel Review

Joint Winners

Dr Niki Glaveli
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Thesis title: Human Resource Management: Work-Family Reconciliation
Superviser: Eleonora Karassavidou

I am deeply honored and grateful to be the joint winner of the prestigious 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the HRM Category. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the editorial team of Personnel Review, Emerald and EFMD for acknowledging the hard and systematic effort behind my thesis which was completed under the guidance and inspiration of my superviser and dearest friend Prof. Eleonora Karassavidou. This award offers international recognition to the quality of my work and to my commitment and dedication to research excellence. It is also an honor which confirms that my research adds value to the theory and practice of HRM, while it encourages me to continue researching and publishing in the area of work-family reconciliation. Further, it has been an injection of self-confidence as a researcher and a useful asset for my personal development. Having lived the experience I would like to encourage other young researchers to apply for the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.
(Dr Niki Glaveli, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Dr Elise Marescaux
KU Leuven
Thesis title: The impact of HR differentiation on employees
Superviser: Luc Sels and Sophie De Winne

I feel deeply honored and grateful for being chosen as the joint winner of the 2014 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Human Resource Management. For myself personally, this award has further strengthened my belief in the quality of my research as well as my motivation to pursue it further. It also reflects the high quality of the doctoral research program at KU Leuven in Belgium which stimulates PhD students in all fields to engage in innovative and creative research. I am specifically very grateful for my supervisors Sophie De Winne and Luc Sels who supported me through every step of the way, and always encouraged me to surpass my limits. I also want to thank EFMD, Emerald and the editorial team of Personnel Review for believing in the quality and innovativeness of my research.
(Dr Elise Marescaux, KU Leuven, Faculty of Business and Economics)

Leadership and organization development

Category sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal


Dr Ronald Johnson
Nova Southeastern University
Thesis title: Follow Me! Followership, Leadership and the Multigenerational Workforce
Superviser: Dr. Regina Greenwood

I am extremely honored to have been awarded the 2014 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research award in Leadership and Organizational Development. This award validates the significance of my work and its contribution to our knowledge of followership, leadership and today’s multigenerational workforce. I am extremely grateful to my dissertation chair, Dr. Regina Greenwood, who encouraged me to apply for this award. She recognized the originality and innovativeness of my research early on in my work with her. I am also grateful to the entire staff and doctoral faculty at The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University for their support and encouragement. This award will provide many opportunities to me as I pursue an academic career. It also demonstrates the commitment to developing outstanding doctoral research at Nova Southeastern University.
(Ronald Johnson, Nova Southeastern University)

Highly Commended

Dr Mulyadi Robin
Monash University
Superviser: A/Prof Sen Sendjaya

Health Care Management

Category sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management


Dr Jenna Evans
University of Toronto
Thesis title: Health Systems Integration: Competing or Shared Mental Models?
Superviser: Dr. G. Ross Baker

I was thrilled to receive the news that I am the recipient of the 2014 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Health Care Management. The award validates the quality of my research and its contribution to theory and practice. This international recognition has further fuelled my passion for exploring the influence of cognition and culture on healthcare improvement efforts, and I expect that it will also facilitate my transition into an academic position. I would like to thank my doctoral supervisor, Dr. G. Ross Baker, and my committee members, Dr. Whitney Berta and Dr. Jan Barnsley, for their support of my work, as well as the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation for providing me with an education and environment that fosters innovation and excellence in research.
(Dr. Jenna M. Evans, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)

Highly Commended

Dr Sara Moutinho Barbosa de Melo
Queen's University Belfast
PhD obtained at The University of York
Superviser: Professor Matthias Beck

For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions. For any additional information or to be notified when the 2015 award opens for submissions please contact:

Jim Bowden
Academic Relations Manager
E-mail: [email protected]

Previous winners


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

The awards are open to those who have completed and satisfied examination requirements for a doctoral award, between 1 October 2011 and 1 October 2014, and have not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria

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

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

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

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