Awards

I feel honored for having received the following awards during the last years:

 

Academy of Management Best Paper Award 2016

In the conceptual paper on absorptive capacity, my co-authors and I actually study the willingness and ability of family firms to build up potential and realized absorptive capacity. We identify a number of contingency factors that are related to factors such as family influence, firm performance, and time that actually affect the “motivation gap” and the “ability gap”.

 

Jürgen Hauschildt Preis 2015

The paper “Doing More with Less: Innovation Input and Output in Family Firms”, accepted for publication in Academy of Management Journal was selected as the winner of the 2015 Jürgen Hauschildt Award. The Jürgen Hauschildt Award acknowledges the best empirical paper that contributes to innovation management.

“Der Jürgen Hauschildt Preis wird von der Kommission für Technologie, Innovation und Entrepreneurship im Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. vergeben. Ausgezeichnet werden empirische Arbeiten zum Innovationsmanagement von exzellenter wissenschaftlicher Qualität, die sich mit einer relevanten Problemstellung befassen. Arbeiten qualifizieren sich für eine Auszeichnung insbesondere, wenn sie o theoretisch fundiert sind, o ein quantitativ-empirisches Vorgehen aufweisen, o einen wissenschaftlichen Fortschritt für die Innovationsforschung darstellen und o klare Implikationen für die Wirtschaftspraxis enthalten. – Es werden Beiträge prämiert, die maximal in den 12 Monaten vor der Preisvergabe (Oktober 2015) in einer anerkannten wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift erschienen sind. Publikationen, die zum Vortrag auf der jährlichen TIE-Tagung oder zur Veröffentlichung in einer anerkannten wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift eingereicht sind werden ebenfalls angenommen”

ET&P Outstanding Reviewer 2015

I am very happy that my commitment as a reviewer to ET&P has been much appreciated – I received one of the Outstanding Reviewer Awards this year.

“Carolyn Dexter Award” 2015

The Carolyn Dexter Award is an “all academy” award of the Academy of Management that acknowledges outstanding international papers. Each division and interest group nominates one paper for this award, out of those nominees 6 finalists are selected by a jury. I am very happy that my paper on storytelling and innovation in family firms, co-authored by Cinzia Dessi, Michela Floris, and Miriam Bird was selected as winner for this award in 2015.

IFERA 2015 Best Conference Paper – Contribution to Practice

Together with my PhD student, Alexandra Michel, I received this year’s “best practice contribution” paper at the IFERA conference in Hamburg, Germany. The paper is about a multi-case study on how advisors’ roles changes throughout the succession process and how this role adjustment affects satisfaction.

FERC Best Paper Award 2015

My poster presentation “So what is most important for you? An empirical ranking of nonfinancial goals” (co-authored by Maximilian Rupprecht, TU Munich) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the Family Enterprise Research Conference 2015, in Burlington Vermont.

In this empirical study, we apply a best-worst scaling design to investigate which non-financial goals are most and least important for family firms and how the importance of those goals varies over time.

Original poster
Original poster

Transeo Academic Award 2015

During the Transeo General Assembly Meeting 2015 in Liège, Belgium, the attending members were asked to democratically vote for which of the presented academic papers provides most valuable insights for them (who were mostly advisors, lawyers, …). A qualitative study on advisors’ role adjustment during the succession process and its implications for the clients’ emotions, co-authored by my PhD student Alexandra Michel, gained the majority of  votes.

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Latsis Award 2015

The Latsis Award is provided to outstanding researchers at three selected Swiss Universities every year. The sponsor of this award is the Latsis Foundation. All chaired professors are asked to propose (non-tenured) candidates for this award, the final selection is finally conducted by the research committee. The award ceremony took place at the Dies Academicus in May 2015.

Academy of Management – Best Paper Award 2015

The paper “The effect of storytelling on innovation: a multi case study” was assessed as being among the top 10% of papers submitted for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, ENT division at Vancouver, Canada. The paper, which is co-authored by Miriam Bird (University of St. Gallen), Cinzia Dessi (University of Cagliari, Italy) and Michela Floris (University of Cagliari, Italy), builds on qualitative case studies to investigate how storytelling among family members affects family firm innovation.

Family Business Review “Outstanding Reviewer Award” 2014

According to the FFI Website: The “Outstanding Reviewer Award is given to the reviewer who has excelled in their reviewing for FBR, highlighting the importance of reviewers in the development and publication of scholarly research. This award will be chosen by the editor and associate editors of FBR . The award ceremony took place in Washington, DC, at the FFI annual conference.

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Hans-Löwel Promotionspreis 2014

The University Foundation of Bamberg bi-annually selects four outstanding dissertations for the “Hans-Löwel Promotionspreis” (prize money of 4000 EUR). My dissertation “Organizational Adaptation to Discontinuous Technological Change”, defended in 2012, was selected by an independent jury to be one of those four dissertations. The award ceremony took place in Bamberg, Germany, in July 2014.

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Transeo Best Academic Paper Award, 2014

The paper “Entrepreneurial Pricing of Resigning Entrepreneurs” was selected as the “Best Academic Paper on Business Transfer.” In short, this study finds that resigning entrepreneurs are willing to give substantial discounts the sellers of their business under certain circumstances. The award ceremony took place at the Transeo European SME Transfer Summit in Brussels in March 2014.

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Academy of Management – Best Paper Award 2014

The paper “The incumbent’s dilemma when exiting the firm: torn between the family and the corporate logic” was assessed as being among the top 10% of papers submitted for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, ENT division at Philadelphia. The paper, which is co-authored by Melanie Ganter and Thomas Zellweger, empirically investigates whether resigning entrepreneurs rather follow their “head or their heart” when making decisions about their successor.

Best Paper Award at the “4. Konferenz deutschsprachiger Zentren für Familienunternehmensforschung” 2014

The paper “The incumbent’s dilemma when exiting the firm: an experiment” was awarded the best paper award (prize money 200 EUR) at the above mentioned conference in Vienna in March 2014.

Family Business Review  “Excellent Reviewer Award” 2013

My contribution as a reviewer for Family Business Review was acknowledged by selecting me as one of few “excellent reviewers”. For more information, please click here.

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FFI Best Dissertation Award 2013

According to the FFI website “The Best Doctoral Dissertation Award is given to encourage and recognize outstanding academic achievement in the field of family business study. The Best Dissertation is awarded annually after a blind, peer review of all submissions. Dissertations may be on any topic of relevance to the understanding and appreciation of family firms and/or family firm advisors.” The prize money is 2500 USD, the award ceremony took place in San Diego.

FFI Best Unpublished Paper Award 2013

The paper “Breaking with or Adhering to Tradition? Path Dependence and Innovation in Italian Family-Owned Wineries” was awarded with the FFI Best Unpublished Paper Award 2013. The paper, which is co-authored by Cinzia Dessi, Michela Floris, and Alessandra Murru builds on a set of qualitative data about innovation in Sardinian wineries. We reveal and discuss the effects of the founder’s role, storytelling within the family, and collaboration within the family on how the winery balances tradition and innovation. The prize money was 2500 USD, the award ceremony took place in San Diego.

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Academy of Management – Distinguished Paper Award and Best Paper Award 2012

The Paper “Organizational Identity and Adaptation to Discontinuous Change: The Role of Focus and Locus” was selected as one of the Top 6 of all 745 manuscripts submitted to the BPS division at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston. My co-authors on this paper are Andreas König and Albrecht Enders. Based on a qualitative data set of German book publishers we investigate how different organizational identities lead to different responses to digitization in the publishing industry.

FERC Best Doctoral Student Award 2012

The paper “The influence of organizational social capital on strategic behavior: an explorative study of family firms’ innovativeness” was awarded the best doctoral student award in the category “leadership” at the Family Enterprise Research Conference in Montreal, Canada. This study deals with the effects of size and type of network and search behavior on family firms’ responses to upcoming discontinuities.

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FERC Best Doctoral Student Award 2011

The paper “How do established family firms adapt to technological discontinuities: a series of inductive case studies” was awarded one of three best doctoral student awards at the Family Enterprise Research Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This study deals with family firms’ advantages and disadvantages regarding adaptation to discontinuous technological changes in the retailing industry.

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