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Two types of publication awards are made:

Outstanding Publication in OB

Each year, at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, the OB Division presents the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award to designate the paper that represents the most significant contribution to the advancement of the field of Organizational Behavior.

Award nomination and selection process: A committee reviews the contents of important publication outlets for award nominees: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Sciences Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. However, the committee also welcomes award nominations from Academy members.

Past award winners:

  • 2015 Tiziana Casciaro (Rotman School of Management), Francesca Gino (Harvard Business School), Maryam Kouchaki (Kellogg School of Management) for "The Contaminating Effects of Building Instrumental Ties: How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty," Administrative Science Quarterly, 59, 4, 705-735
  • 2014 Daniel Cable (London Business School), Francisco Gino (Harvard Business School), and Bradley Staats (University of North Carolina) for "Breaking Them In or Eliciting Their Best? Reframing Socialization Around Newcomers’ Authentic Self-Expression," Administrative Science Quarterly, 58, 1-36 
  • 2013 Ethan S. Bernstein (Harvard University) for "The transparency paradox: A role for privacy in organizational learning and operational control," Administrative Science Quarterly, 57, 181-216.
  • 2012 James Detert (Cornell University) and Amy Edmondson (Harvard University) for "Implicit voice theories: Taken-for-granted rules of self-censorship at work", Academy of Management Journal, 54, 461-488.
  • 2011 Emilio J. Castilla (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Stephen Benard (Indiana University) for "The paradox of meritocracy in organizations," Administrative Science Quarterly, 55, 543-576.
  • 2010 J. Stuart Bunderson (Washington University at St. Louis) and Jeffery A. Thompson (Brigham Young University) for "The call of the wild: Zookeepers, callings, and the double-edged sword of deeply meaningful work," Administrative Science Quarterly, 54, 32-57.
  • 2009 Joshua Margolis (Harvard University) and Andrew Molinsky (Brandeis University) for "Navigating the bind of necessary evils: Psychological engagement and the production of interpersonally sensitive behavior," Academy of Management Journal, 51(5), 847-872.
  • 2008 Arijit Chatterjee and Donald C. Hambrick for "It's all about me: Narcissistic chief executive officers and their effects on company strategy and performance," article published in Administrative Science Quarterly, 52(3), 351-386
  • 2007 Glen Kreiner, Elaine Hollensbe, and Matthew Sheep for "Where is the "me" among "we"? Identity work and the search for optimal balance", Academy of Management Journal, 49(5), 1031-1057
  • 2006 Raymond T. Sparrowe & Robert C. Liden, for “Two routes to influence: Integrating leader-member exchange and network perspectives,” Administrative Science Quarterly, 50, 505-535
  • 2005 Seibert, S. E., Silver, S. R., & Randolph, W. A., for "Taking empowerment to the next level: A multiple-level model of empowerment, performance, and satisfaction." Academy of Management Journal, 47, 332-349
  • 2004
    • Elsbach, K.D., & Kramer, R.M. for Assessing creativity in Hollywood pitch meetings: Evidence for a dual process model of creativity judgments. Academy of Management Journal, 46, 283-301.
    • Schneider, B., Hanges, P. J., Smith, D. B., & Salvaggio, A. N. for "Which comes first: Employee attitudes or organizational financial and market performance", Journal of Applied Psychology, 88, 836-851
  • 2003
    • Jeff Polzer, Laurie Milton and Bill Swann for "Capitalizing on Diversity: Interpersonal Congruence in Small Work Groups" Administrative Science Quarterly, 47 ( 2) 296-324
    • Jim Harter, Frank Schmidt and Ted Hayes for "Business-Unit-Level Relationship Between Employee Satisfaction Employee Engagement, and Business Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis" Journal of Applied Psychology, 87 ( 2), 268–279
  • 2002 Terry Mitchell and Tom Lee for "The unfolding model of voluntary turnover and job embeddedness: Foundations for a comprehensive theory of attachment", Research in Organizational Behavior, 23, 189–246.
  • 2001 Pino Audia, Ed Locke and Ken Smith for "The Paradox of Success: An Archival and a Laboratory Study of Strategic Persistence Following Radical Environmental Change", The Academy of Management Journal, 43 (5), 837-853
  • 2000 Amy C. Edmondson (Harvard Business School) for "Psychological safety and working behaviour in work teams" Administrative Science. Quarterly 44 (4), 350–383
  • 1999 Dora C. Lau and J. Keith Murnighan for "Demographic Diversity and Faultlines: The Compositional Dynamics of Organizational Groups", The Academy of Management Review, 23 (2), 325-340.
  • 1998 Barbara Lawrence for "The black box of organizational demography", Organization Science , 8 (1) 1-22
  • 1995 Chao, G. T., O'Leary-Kelly, A. M., Wolf, S., Klein, H. J., Gardner, P. D. for "Organizational socialization: Its content and consequences", Journal of Applied Psychology, 79 (5), 730-743.
  • 1993 Anne S. Tsui, Terri D. Egan, Charles A. O'Reilly III for ""Being Different: Relational Demography and Organizational Attachment"", Administrative Science Quarterly,37, 549-579
  • 1989 G. P. Latham, M. Erez and E.A. Locke for "Resolving scientific disputes by the joint design of crucial experiments by the antagonists: application to the Erez-Latham dispute regarding articipation in goal setting", Journal of Applied Psychology, 73 ( 4),753-772
  • 1988 Katherine J. Klein for " Employee stock ownership and employee attitudes: A test of three models". Journal of Applied Psychology Monograph, 72 (2), 319-332.

Outstanding Practitioner-Oriented Publication in OB

Each year, at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, the OB Division presents the Outstanding Practitioner Oriented Publication in OB Award to recognize the paper that provides the most significant contribution to the practice of management in the field of Organizational Behavior.

Award nomination and selection process: A committee reviews the contents of important publication outlets: Academy of Management Perspectives, Business Horizons, California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and Sloan Management Review. However, the committee also welcomes award nominations from Academy members

If you have never attended the OB Division’s Business/Award meeting, We urge you to attend at future meetings. It is open to all members, and provides an opportunity to congratulate the award winners as well as learn about the OB Division’s current activities and plans for the future. The business/awards meeting is also a good place to provide the current leadership with comments and suggestions as well as make offers to volunteer for service to the OB Division.

Congratulations to all Winners!

Past award winners:

  • 2015 Ethan Bernstein (Harvard Business School) for "The Transparency Trap," Harvard Business Review, 92(10) 58-66
  • 2014 Lisa Calvano (West Chester University) for "Tug of War: Caring for Our Elders While Remaining Productive at Work," Academy of Management Perspectives, 27(3) 204-218
  • 2013 Alex Pentland (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for "The New Science of Building Great Teams," published in Harvard Business Review, 90(4), 60-70
  • 2012 Gary Ballinger (University of Virginia), Elizabeth Craig (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Rob Cross (University of Virginia) and Peter Gray (Boston College) for "A stitch in time saves nine: Leveraging networks to reduce the costs of turnover", published in California Management Review, 53, 111-133
  • 2011 David G. Allen (University of Memphis), Phillip C. Bryant (Christian Brothers University), and James M. Varadaman (Mississippi State University) for "Retaining talent: Replacing misconceptions with evidence-based strategies," published in Academy of Management Perspectives, 24, 48-64.
  • 2010 Haig Nalbantian and Richard Guzzo (both Mercer Human Resource Consulting) for "Making mobility matter," published in Harvard Business Review, March 2009, 76-84.
  • 2009 Rob Cross (University of Virginia) and Robert Thomas (Tufts University) for "How top talent uses networks and where rising stars get trapped," published in Organizational Dynamics, 2008, 37: 165-180
  • 2008 David J. Snowden and Mary E. Boone for "A leader's framework for decision making," published in Harvard Business Review in November 2007
  • 2007 Brooks C. Holtom, Terence R. Mitchell, & Thomas W. Lee for "Increasing human and social capital by applying job embeddedness theory", Organizational Dynamics, 35(4), 316-331
  • 2006 D. Christopher Hayes, for "The destructive pursuit of idealized goals,” Organizational Dynamics, 34(4), 391-401

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