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I am thrilled to assume the position of the Research Committee Chair within the OMT Division this year. Led so ably by my esteemed predecessors, Jo-Ellen Pozner and Joe Broschak, the Research Committee has grown to a group of fifty OMT division members from North America, Europe, and Asia who volunteer their time to help determine award-winning OMT submissions to the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. As members of the Research Committee, volunteers serve on one of seven sub-committees. Sub-committee members read and rank order a small subset of manuscripts that have been selected as finalists for awards in one of the following seven categories: Best Paper, Best Paper from a Dissertation (Lou Pondy Award), Best International Paper, Best Student Paper, Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices, Best Paper on Entrepreneurship in OMT, and Best Symposium. The aggregated rankings of sub-committee members determine the winners in each category. The winners of the OMT Lou Pondy Award and Best International Paper automatically qualify as finalists for the Academy of Management’s William H. Newman and Carolyn Dexter awards, respectively.
Please consider becoming a part of this valuable and rewarding committee in service to the OMT division! You will read some of the finest submissions to the OMT division for this year’s Academy of Management meeting. There are still openings available on the committee, as some members are cycling off after several years of valuable and dedicated service. The work of the Research Committee occurs in a compressed, one-week time period near the end of February, well after the regular AOM review cycle is done. Requirements for inclusion on the Research Committee are that you are a member of the OMT division, an active OMT division reviewer for this year’s Academy Meetings, and that you can commit to being available during the time we review papers for awards.
How do you become a Research Committee member? Contact Lori Yue, University of Southern California via email (
). OMT members who volunteer but who cannot be placed on subcommittees this year will be given priority for future openings on the Research Committee.
Become an active part of the OMT division! After all, OMT, the place to be, works because of you!
2016 Best Paper Award Recipients
At the OMT Business Meeting during the AOM Annual Meetings in Anaheim, we announced the winners of the OMT Best Paper Awards. They are:
OMT Best Paper Award (link):
Winner: “Better in the Shadows? Media Coverage and Market Reactions to Female CEO Appointments”
Kevin Patrick Gaughan and Ned Smith, Northwestern University
Runner Up: “Managers’ Political Ideology and Gender Inequality within Organizations”
Seth Carnahan, U. of Michigan and Brad Greenwood, Fox School of Business, Temple U.
“Institutional Reincarnation: "The Impossible Project" of Reviving Analog Instant Photography”
Christian Hampel, U. of Cambridge, Paul Tracey, U. of Cambridge, and Klaus Weber, Northwestern U.
“The constrained referrals: How dependence and structural equivalence limit referrals’ performance”
Yonghoon Lee, Hong Kong U. of Science and Technology and Rolf Hoefer, INSEAD
OMT Lou Pondy Award (Best Paper from a Dissertation) (link):
Winner: “The Artisan and His Audience: Identification with Work and Price-Setting in Southern India”
Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford University
Runner Up: “How Embedded Ties Split Sides: Network and Tie Formation in Contingent Work” Patrick Reilly, U. of California, Los Angeles
“Innovation: The Roles of Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Augmentation and Environmental Dynamism” Marc Lerchenmueller, Yale U.
“Network Imprinting and the Variability of Venture Capital Firm Performance”
Demetrius Lewis, Stanford U.
“Bridge and Rule: TMT Faultlines, Firm Performance and the Moderating Role of the CEO-TMT Interface” Dimitrios Georgakakis, U. of St. Gallen, Peder Greve, Henley Business School, and Winfried Ruigrok, U. of St. Gallen
Best Entrepreneurship Paper (link)
Winner: “Relational Exchange and Generalized Trust in China”
Victor Nee, Cornell University; Sonja Opper, Lund University; and Hakan Holm, Lund University
Runner Up: “Staying True to Purpose: How Commercial Pressures Affect Mission Drift among Social Enterprises”
Eric Yanfei Zhao, Indiana U. Kelley School and Matthew Grimes, Indiana U.
“The Price of Faith: Political Determinants of Commercialization of Buddhist Temples in China” Lori Yue, U. of Southern California, Jue Wang, U. of Southern California, and Botao Yang, U. of Southern California
“Globalization in Action: Templates, Tensions and Strategies of Action in Kenyan Entrepreneurship” Tim Weiss, Zeppelin U. and Klaus Weber, Northwestern U.
“Social Structures and Venue Shopping in Patent Infringement Litigation”
Maxim Sytch, U. of Michigan and Yong Kim, U. of Michigan
OMT Best Empirical Paper on Environmental and Social Practice (link):
Winner: “Think Global, Drink Local: Field Configuring Interactions and the Detroit Water Crisis”
A. Wren Montgomery, University of Windsor
Runner Up: “Movements, Markets, & the Power of Living Stories” Jocelyn Leitzinger, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Chad Navis, Clemson U., and Theodore Waldron, Baylor U.
“Coming Back & Giving Back: Returnee Directors and Corporate Donations” Jiao Luo, U. of Minnesota, Dongjie Chen, Peking U., and Jia Chen, Peking U.
“Agency blind to consequences: The persistence of inequality in the South African mining sector” Ralph Hamann, U. of Cape Town and Stephanie Bertels, Simon Fraser U.
“David Defeating Goliath: Institutional Work of A Marginalized Actor Within Institutional Complexity” Sofiane Baba, HEC Montreal and Innan Sasaki, U. of Turku
OMT Best International Paper (link):
Winner: “The Family-Legitimizing Environment and the Prevalence, Strategy, and Performance of Family Firms”
Pascual Berrone, IESE Business School; Patricio Duran, U. Adolfo Ibanez; Luis Gomez-Mejia, University of Notre Dame; Pursey Heugens, Erasmus University Rotterdam; and Marc van Essen, University of St. Gallen
Runner Up: “Lost in Transition: Organizational Practices and Formal Employment of Women in India” Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford U.
“Governance units and field evolution dynamics: The case of UK management consulting “ Daniel Muzio, Newcastle U., Matthias Kipping, York U., and Ian Kirkpatrick, U. of Leeds
“Variation in the Adoption of a Diffusing Practice: Instruction in English in Turkish Universities” Baþak Topaler, Sabanci U. and Behlül Üsdiken, Sabanci U.
“Structure from Chaos: The Creation of Libyan Civil Society” Nada Basir, U. of Waterloo and Ellen Auster, York U.
OMT Best Student Paper (link):
Winner: “The Fickle Crowd: Selective Differentiation in Cultural Markets”
Daniel DellaPosta, Cornell University and Minjae Kim, MIT
Runner Up: “Institutional imprints: The enduring effects of past political regimes on CSR in China”
Mia Raynard, University of Alberta
“E pluribus unum? An exploration of and proposal regarding the meanings of pluralism in OMT” Louis-François Brodeur, HEC Montreal
“Friends and Foes: Towards A Cognition- and Resource-Based Model of Coopetition”
Aurora Liu, Schulich School of Business
OMT Best Symposium (link):
Winner: “Politics, Political Ideology and Organizations”
Abhinav Gupta, University of Washington, Seattle
Runner Up: “Organizing and Administration in Refugee Crises”
Marian Gatzweiler, Universtiy of Edinburgh and John Amis, University of Edinburgh
“The Meaning of Work in Difficult Times “
Winnie Jiang, Yale University and Amy Wrzeniewski, Yale University
“Collaboration in Innovation Ecosystems: Firm Strategy and Inter-Organizational Ties”
David Clough, INSEAD
“Conducting Unconventional Management Research: Models and Best Practices”
Judith Clair, Boston College; Julia DiBenigno, MIT; Robin Ely, Harvard University; Elise Jones, Boston College; Kristie Rogers, University of Kansas; and Katina Sawyer, Villanova University
2016 OMT Best Published Paper Award
Finally, at the OMT Business Meeting, we announced the winner of the OMT Best Published Paper Award. This award is given annually to one paper, selected by a committee of OMT members who are editors, associate editors, or editorial board members of major OMT-related journals. This year’s winner is:
Compagni, A., Mele, V., & Ravasi, D. (2015). 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.
Amelia Compagni, Bocconi University; Valentina Mele, Bocconi University; Davide Ravasi, City University London
Lori Qingyuan Yue
Research Committee Chair, OMT Division
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
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