Best Published Paper Award

First awarded in 2010, the Best Published Paper Award recognizes a journal paper published in the previous year that advances our theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management. The paper is awarded through a committee process that combs articles published in journals identified by the OMT Executive Committee. The Best Published Paper Committee selects the prize winning article from among those papers that are in the domain of the organizational and management theory division. Papers for consideration by the committee cannot be self-nominated.

2021 OMT Best Published Paper Award

“God at Work”: Engaging Central and Incompatible Institutional Logics Through Elastic Hybridity.
Ali Aslan Gümüsay; Michael Smets; Timothy Morris. 
Academy of Management Journal, 63, 1: 124-154.


Past Winners

2020 Marc de Rond, Isaac Holeman, Jennifer Howard-Grenville. Sensemaking from the body: An enactive ethnography of rowing the Amazon. Academy of Management Journal, 62(6), 1961-1988

2019 Paul Leonardi. Social media and the development of shared cognition: The roles of network expansion, content integration, and triggered recalling. Organization Science, 29(4), 547-568.

2018 Raina Brands and Isabel-Fernandez-Mateo. 
Leaning out: How negative recruitment experiences shape women’s decisions to compete for executive roles. Administrative Science Quarterly, 62(3), 405-442.

2017 Justin Berg. 
Balancing on the Creative Highwire: Forecasting the Success of Novel Ideas in Organizations. Administrative Science Quarterly, 61(3), 433-468. Interview.

2016 Amelia Compagni, Valentina Mele and Davide Ravasi. How early implementations influence later adoptions of innovation: social positioning and skill reproduction in the diffusion of robotic surgery. Academy of Management Journal, 58(1), 242-278.

2015 Joep P. Cornelissen, Saku Mantere, and Eero Vaara. The Contraction of Meaning: The Combined Effect of Communication, Emotions, and Materiality on Sensemaking in the Stockwell Shooting. Journal of Management Studies, 51(5): 699-736.

2014 Emily C. Bianchi - Emory University. The Bright Side of Bad Times: The Affective Advantages of Entering the Workforce in a RecessionAdministrative Science Quarterly, 58(4): 587-623.

2013 Ethan Bernstein, Harvard University. The Transparency Paradox: A Role for Privacy in Organizational Learning and Operational Control. Administrative Science Quarterly, 57: 181-216

2012 Edward "Ned" Bishop Smith, University of Michigan. Identities as Lenses: How Organizational Identity Affects Audiences’ Evaluation of Organizational PerformanceAdministrative Science Quarterly, 56: 61-94

2011  Harland Prechel, Texas A&M University, and Theresa Morris, Trinity College. The Effects of Organizational and Political Embeddedness on Financial Malfeasance in the Largest U.S. Corporations: Dependence, Incentives, and Opportunities. American Sociological Review. 75: 331-354.

2010  Katherine C. Kellogg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Operating Room: Relational Spaces and Microinstitutional Change in SurgeryAmerican Journal of Sociology. 115: 657-711.