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Summer of award success for Management Faculty

Three Best Paper awards and an Outstanding Contribution award for Cass academics

Cass academics took top honours at this year's Academy of Management Conference by winning Best Paper of the Year, a divisional Best Paper Award and an Outstanding Contribution Award.

Professors Ajay Bhalla and Joseph Lampel took the prestigious Best Paper of the Year award for Test Driving the Future: how design competitions are changing innovation. 

The paper was published in Academy of Management Perspectives, a journal aimed at advancing the understanding of issues that are relevant to managers and executives. The research investigates how managers and policy makers can advance the innovation agenda through design competitions.

Professor Bhalla said: "To management academics, this is like winning an Oscar for 'Best Picture', so naturally my co-authors, Professor Joseph Lampel and Dr. Pushkar Jha, and I are thrilled that our paper has won so prestigious an award."

Also at the conference, Dr Stefan Haefliger won Best Paper for his work, 'Sociomaterial Regulation in Organisations: The case of Information Technology', in the Organisational Communication and Information Systems Division.

Deputy Dean and Head of the Faculty of Management at Cass, Professor Cliff Oswick, was given an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Organisational Development and Change Division.

Professor Oswick said: "It is an honour to win an outstanding contribution award from the Academy of Management. The annual conference is an important event for management academics and to win recognition from your peers is a great achievement of which I am very proud."

In addition to the successes at the Conference, Dr Elena Novelli won the Strascheg Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIIE) Best-Paper Award for Innovation Management 2013.

Cass Dean, Professor Steve Haberman said: "This is a splendid set of achievements and many congratulations to Professors Oswick, Bhalla and Lampel and to Dr's Novelli and Haefliger. These awards cement Cass's position as a leading global business school producing cutting edge research."

The annual Academy of Management conference brings together some of the association's 19,000 management professors across more than 100 countries. This year the awards were held in Orlando, Florida.

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