2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research

Judging in progress: submissions no longer being accepted

Logo: EFMD.Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publisher of the largest collection of international business and management journals, and EFMD, an international network association with more than 820 members from academia, business, public sector and consultancy across 83 countries worldwide, seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2016 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 seven categories.

Applicants submitted to one of the categories below.

Operations and production management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Dr Haley Allison Beer
University of Warwick
Thesis title: An exploration of people’s experiences of the performance measurement process in social enterprises
Supervisor: Dr. Pietro Micheli

Highly Commended

Ms Marcia Regina Santiago Scarpin
Fundação Getulio Vargas
Thesis title: Operational Capabilities’ Typology: An Evolution from Operational Practices
Supervisor: Luiz Artur Ledur Brito

Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger
Liverpool John Moores University
Thesis title: Organisational Justice and its Impact on Project Performance: An Explanatory Framework in the Context of the Construction Industry
Supervisor: Prof David Bryde

Logistics and supply chain management

Category sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management


Dr Jennifer Espinosa
Rowan University
PhD obtained at University of South Florida
Thesis title: Understanding the Complexity of Product Returns Management: A Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Perspective
Supervisor: James R. Stock

Highly Commended

Dr Claudia Wagner
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management
Thesis title: Intuition in supplier selection – An emotional perspective of team decision making
Supervisor: Lutz Kaufmann

Dr Christopher Savage
University of Huddersfield
Thesis title: An investigation into the issues of developing a sustainable port-centric logistics hub: A study of Walvis-bay, Namibia
Supervisor: Dr Andrew Jenkins

Educational leadership and strategy

Category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Dr Jared Boyce
Teachers College, Columbia University
Thesis title: Commitment and Leadership: What We Know From the Schools and Staffing Survey
Supervisor: Alex J. Bowers

Highly Commended

Dr Antonios Kafa
Open University of Cyprus
Thesis title: Exploring the Espoused Values and Values in Action of Principals’ Leadership Styles in Cyprus
Supervisor: Petros Pashiardis

Management and governance

Category sponsored by Management Decision


Thomas Lindner
WU Vienna
Thesis title: Financing International Business: Distance, the Cost of Capital, and Financial Structure
Supervisor: Jonas Puck

Human resource management

Category sponsored by Personnel Review


Dr Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers
University of Strathclyde
Thesis title: Job displacement and the implications for job quality: An investigation of the job transition process for public sector workers in Scotland, UK and Ontario, Canada in the Great Recession
Supervisor: Professor Patricia Findlay

Highly Commended

Dr Suvi Heikkinen
University of Jyväskylä
Thesis title: (ln)Significant Others: The Role of the Spouse in Women and Men Managers' Careers in Finland
Supervisor: Prof. Anna-Maija Lämsä

Dr Isaac Sabat
Texas A&M University
PhD obtained at George Mason University
Thesis title: Disclosure Dissonance: The Impact of Behavioral, Attitudinal, and Environmental Inconsistencies on Identity Management Outcomes
Supervisor: Dr. Eden King

Leadership and organization development

Category sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal


Mr Philip Maxton
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Thesis title: Employee Transition throughout an Appreciative Inquiry Intervention
Supervisor: Emeritus Professor John M Verster

Highly Commended

Dr Jeroen Camps
Thomas More
PhD obtained at KU Leuven
Thesis title: Once Upon a Jerk… A Follower-Centered Perspective on the Emergence and Maintenance of Abusive Supervision.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jeroen Stouten and Prof. Dr. Martin Euwema

Health care management

Category sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management


Dr Jaideep Pandit
University of Oxford
Thesis title: Towards Efficiency: Developing Quantitative Measures of Operating Theatre Performance in the National Health Service
Supervisor: Professor Mansukh T Popat

Highly Commended

Dr Abigail Methley
University of Manchester
Thesis title: Health care services for multiple sclerosis: The experiences of people with multiple sclerosis and health care professionals
Supervisor: Professor Stephen Campbell

Dr Maria Kordowicz
King's College London
Thesis title: Understanding 'Poor Performing' General Practices: Findings from Five Qualitative Case Studies
Supervisor: Dr Mark Ashworth

Dr Simon Moralee
The University of Manchester
Thesis title: Practising change in strongly institutionalized environments: using system capital, being system centric
Supervisors: Prof. Damian Hodgson and Prof. Naomi Chambers

For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.


Jim Bowden
Academic Relations Manager
E-mail: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com

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 15 Jan 2014 and 15 January 2017, and have not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria

The entries will be 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.