Honors and Awards

Recognition for people and institutions. 

The Embedding Project, a sustainability initiative that has created global communities of practice to help companies adopt sustainable practices, has been honored with two awards. In August 2018, the Academy of Management recognized the project with its inaugural “International Impactful Collaboration Award”; and in September, the initiative was included on Clean50’s 20 Top Projects of the Year, which honors efforts that inspire Canadians. The Embedding Project was founded and is led by Stephanie Bertels, an associate professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. It brings together researchers from business schools at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the University of Cambridge in the U.K., HEC Montreal in Quebec, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Visit www.embeddingproject.org.

Hong Guo has received the Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Guo is the Robert and Sara Lumpkins Associate Professor in Business Analytics at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in Indiana. Guo studies emerging phenomena in IT by characterizing key design features of systems such as mobile platforms, digital games, and product review systems.

The data research platform Wharton Research Data Services has announced the recipients of its WRDS Best Paper Award. They include Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and Dean, and Jiekun Huang, associate professor of finance, both of Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They were recognized for their April 2017 working paper “All the President’s Friends: Political Access and Firm Value,” for which they analyzed data from public sources during the Obama presidency. Their study indicated that executives’ White House visits are associated with positive outcomes for firms in areas such as stock prices, government contracts, regulatory decisions, and insights about government policies. However, such visits also could set up a risky quid pro quo between firms and elected officials. The paper can be downloaded at www.nber.org/papers/w23356.

WRDS also has named Nanjing University in China as the winner of its 2018 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award for the Asia-Pacific region. The award recognizes the efforts of emerging business schools to improve the impact of their research.