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Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

International recognition and cash awards for doctoral research

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 2020 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.

Together with Emerald, we are delighted to support doctoral graduates in their efforts to advance the management science and make a difference in society. Today, more than ever, it is essential to leverage meaningful and impactful research, and recognise it internationally. Congratulations to all!“

Prof. Eric Cornuel, President of EFMD Global

2020 Winners

Educational leadership & strategy

Sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration


Maxwell Ho Chun Sing

Dissertation title: Teachers’ entrepreneurial behavior and its impact in school: Cases studies in Hong Kong
Institution: The Education University of Hong Kong
Doctoral mentor: Dr Darren Anthony Bryant

Highly commended

Belinda C. Hughes

Dissertation title: An investigation into a Chief Executive Officer of a multi-academy trust in England
Institution: University of Manchester
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Helen Gunter

Florit Yaakov-Firuz

Dissertation title: Mentoring New Principals: Investigating the Models and Stages of Development of the Mentoring Process in the First Two Years of Principals’ Work
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Doctoral mentor: Professor Chen Schechter



Sponsored by Managerial Finance


Stephen Zamore

Dissertation title: Risk Management and Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions
Institution: University of Agder
Doctoral mentors: Roy Mersland and Leif Atle Beisland

Highly commended

Amira ABID

Dissertation title: Optimal debt, implied rating and implied default probability: a quantitative analysis based on CDS
Institution: University of Sfax
Doctoral mentor: Fathi ABID

Nicu Sprincean

Dissertation title: Business Cycles and Systemic Risk
Institution: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
Doctoral mentor: Alin Marius Andries

Boris Fays

Dissertation title: Efficient Construction of Linear and Nonlinear Equity Risk Strategies
Institution: HEC Liège
Doctoral mentor: Marie Lambert

Ashley Ding

Dissertation title: Environmental Delta: Essays on Energy, Volatility and Climate Change
Institution: University of Queensland
Doctoral mentor: Martina Linnenluecke


Health care management

Sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management  


Lila Petar Vrklevski

Dissertation title: Professional roles and identity in public mental health services: the multifaceted interaction of belonging, attachment, power and activities
Institution: University of Tasmania
Doctoral mentors: Dr Kathy Eljiz and Professor David Greenfield

Highly commended

Anne Schmitz

Dissertation title: International analysis of the usage intention of virtual doctor appointments: an adaptation of the UTAUT2 theory
Institution: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Doctoral mentors: Ana María Díaz Martín & María Jesús Yagüe Guillén

Charlotte Sharp

Dissertation title: Products from healthcare research: designated boundary object to boundary object-in-use
Institution: The University of Manchester
Doctoral mentor: Professor Ruth Boaden

Wouter A Keijser

Dissertation title: Opening Up Medicine: Physicians and Leadership in Times of Transformation
Institution: University of Twente
Doctoral mentor: Prof Dr Celeste Wilderom


Human resource management

Sponsored by Personnel Review


Roxanne Stockwell

Dissertation title: The Experiences and Responses of Business Graduates to Employer Selection Mechanisms: A Case Study
Institution: University of Bath
Doctoral mentor: Professor Rajani Naidoo

Highly commended

Dr. Geetika Malik Chandra

Dissertation title: Organizational Consequences of Human Resource Outsourcing in Indian Organizations
Institution: University of Delhi
Doctoral mentor: Prof. A Venkat Raman

Giverny De Boeck

Dissertation title: The Realization of Potential in the Workplace: An Employer and Employee Perspective
Institution: KU Leuve
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. Nicky Dries

Joey Soehardjojo

Dissertation title: Knowledge and HRM Practice Transfer in Emerging Economies: The Case of Japanese Joint Ventures in Indonesia
Institution: Warwick Business School
Doctoral mentor: Professor Guglielmo Meardi

Nevena Isaeva

Dissertation title: Trust and distrust in intra-organisational relationships
Institution: University of Birmingham
Doctoral mentor: Mark NK Saunders

Leadership & organisation development

Sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal  


Esme Franken

Dissertation title: Building people up: Leadership and employee resilience
Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Doctoral mentors: Dr Geoff Plimmer, A/Prof Sanna Malinen and A/Prof Jane Bryson

Highly commended

Marcella Hoogeboom

Dissertation title: Micro-behavioral Building Blocks of Leadership, Followership and Team Interaction
Institution: University of Twente
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. C.P.M. Wilderom

Seren Dalkiran

Dissertation title: Millennial Motion: Worldviews, Value-Orientations and Leadership Paradigms among Global Youth Leadership Networks
Institution: University of Notre Dame (UNDA) in partnership and co-supervision with Utrecht University  and Varna University of Management
Doctoral mentor: Professor Dr. John Rees (UNDA)

Dr. Swapnil Barmase

Dissertation title: Against the flow: A process theory of imprinting and economics of organizational compassion
Institution: IESE Business School, University of Navarra
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Joan Fontrodona

Svjetlana Pantic-Dragisic

Dissertation title: The interplay between organizational capabilities and individual skills: Studies of technical and engineering consulting firms
Institution: Linköping University
Doctoral mentor: Jonas Söderlund

Logistics & supply chain management

Sponsored by International Journal of Logistics Management


Marc van den Berg

Dissertation title: Managing Circular Building Projects
Institution: University of Twente
Doctoral mentors: Hans Voordijk and Arjen Adriaanse

Highly commended

Devendra Kumar Pathak

Dissertation title: Performance Management of Sustainable Freight Transportation: A Study of Select Issues
Institution: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Ravi Shankar

Dung H. Nguyen

Dissertation title: Order fulfilment and consumer behavior in online retailing
Institution: VU University Amsterdam
Doctoral mentor: Sander de Leeuw

Ricardo Augusto Zimmermann

Dissertation title: Innovation and supply chain management: strategies, capabilities, and the effect of fit on business performance
Institution: University of Aveiro
Doctoral mentor: Luís Miguel Domingues Ferreira

Management & governance

Sponsored by Management Decision


Kathleen M Crowley

Dissertation title: Dynamics of Creativity: How Early Drug Discovery Scientists Experience Creativity
Institution: George Washington University
Doctoral mentor: Shiasta Khilji

Highly commended

Dr. Gunther Glenk

Dissertation title: Economics of Renewable Hydrogen
Institution: Technische Universität München
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. Gunther Friedl


Sponsored by European Journal of Marketing


Tim Hilken

Dissertation title: Seeing is believing: enhancing the customer experience with augmented reality
Institution: Maastricht University
Doctoral mentor: Prof. dr. Ko de Ruyter

Highly commended

Freya De Keyzer

Dissertation title: Brand Communication on Social Networking Sites
Institution: University of Antwerp
Doctoral mentor: Prof.Dr. Nathalie Dens and Prof.Dr. Patrick De Pelsmacker

Hugo Guyader

Dissertation title: The Heart & Wallet Paradox of Collaborative Consumption
Institution: Linköping University
Doctoral mentor: Lars Witell

Michiel Van Crombrugge

Dissertation title: Empirical Studies on Manufacturer Direct Channels
Institution: KU Leuven
Doctoral mentor: Els Breugelmans

Rafael San José Iglesias

Dissertation title: Construction of Image and Attitudes Toward Global-Local Brand Alliances: The Effects of Globalness and Localness
Institution: Auckland University of Technology
Doctoral mentor: Associate Professor Mark Glynn

Ramona De Luca

Dissertation title: A cognitive approach to scent marketing: the effect of odor priming and processing dynamics on consumer aesthetic preferences and choices
Institution: FGV-EAESP
Doctoral mentor: Delane Botelho

Operations & production management

Sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management


Henrik Franke

Dissertation title: Behavioral Challenges to Cross-Functional Teams: Essays on Politics and Conflict in Global Sourcing Decision Making
Institution: EBS University for Business and Law
Doctoral mentor: Kai Foerstl

Highly commended

Jon Bokrantz

Dissertation title: Smart Maintenance - maintenance in digitalised manufacturing
Institution: Chalmers University of Technology
Doctoral mentor: Anders Skoogh

Philipp Christopher Sauer

Dissertation title: Multi-tier sustainable supply chain management - learning from the minerals case
Institution: University of Kassel
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Seuring

Rima Al Hasan

Dissertation title: Exploring the interplay between process improvement approaches and product innovation
Institution: University of Warwick
Doctoral mentors: Prof. Pietro Micheli & Prof. Sotirios Paroutis

Yiyi Fan

Dissertation title: Multi-Level Buyer-Supplier Relationships and Their Influence on Supply Chain Risk Management
Institution: Lancaster University
Doctoral mentor: Professor Mark Stevenson

Tourism & hospitality management

Sponsored by Tourism Review  


Christopher S. Dutt

Dissertation title: The role of tourism in bridging the gap between expatriates and hosts: A case of the United Arab Emirates
Institution: University of Exeter
Doctoral mentor: William Harvey

Highly commended

Samira Zare

Dissertation title: Recall and Post-trip Evaluation of Tourist Destinations; the Effects of Travel Order
Institution: University of Queensland
Doctoral mentor: Prof. Philip Pearce

We are delighted to have attracted such great work by authors from all over the world and have been impressed to see that real world impact continues to be a strong theme among the submissions, supporting Emerald’s support for meaningful, real world impact in research. “We recognise the hard work each author contributes to their research papers and would like to thank everyone for submitting and congratulate this year’s winners

Tony Roche

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