Darden Scholars Earn Accolades from Academy of Management


Five Darden School of Business professors received awards during a meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) in Montréal last week.  The largest event of its kind, the annual conference draws management faculty and students from institutions around the globe to share goals and ideas. Ten thousand attendees gathered  August 6-10 to discuss the theme of “passion and compassion” in management practice and to recognize recent achievements in the discipline. 

Appreciating a lifetime of research in business and social issues, the Society for Business Ethics gave its “Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship Award” to R. Edward Freeman, University Professor, and Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration at Darden. The speaker introducing Freeman noted that he had more than 12,000 citations to his work which centers on stakeholder theory.

Professor Sankaran Venkataraman, the MasterCard Professor of Business Administration at Darden, won the Academy of Management Reviews “Esteemed Decade Award.” The editorial board of the Review, AOM’s scholarly journal, bestows this accolade on the article that has attracted the most citations in the last ten years. Venkataraman published his widely noticed paper, “The Promise of Entrepreneurship as a Field of Research,” in 2000 with co-author Professor Scott A. Shane of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

The Academy presented Darden Professor Jeanne M. Liedtka with its Management Education and Development (MED) “Best Symposium Award” for her chairmanship of a discussion entitled “Finding the Right Side of the MBA Brain: Teaching Design Thinking.” The symposium featured representatives of top business schools in rigorous conversation about design thinking, a creative problem-solving process that is a hallmark of entrepreneurial innovation. Liedtka’s project, which on initial submission earned some of the highest scores from reviewers, flowed from her extensive work on design thinking as described in her forthcoming book Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers and her leadership in establishing Darden’s i.Lab - a space designed to encourage new approaches to the teaching of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Led by Liedtka, the conversation included Sara Beckman of the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas Business School, Heather Fraser from the University of Toronto’s Rotman Business School and Nathan Shedroff from the California College of the Arts.

Scott A. Snell, E. Thayer Bigelow Professor of Business Administration at Darden, won the Academy’s International Human Resources Management (HRM) Scholarly Research Award for his 2009 paper “Global Challenges to Replicating HR: The Role of People, Processes, and Systems.” The co-authored study developed a framework to help multinational corporations improve their ability to replicate successful human resource practices at far-flung subsidiaries. The award from AOM’s HR Division honors a recent contribution to the literature that draws connections between disciplines across the broad field of management.

The Academy’s Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) group celebrated its tenth anniversary since being raised to a Division by recognizing its founding members, one of which is Lynn A. Isabella, Associate Professor of Business Administration at Darden. The MOC Division studies how organization members model reality and the effect of these models on behavior. Isabella’s research focuses on personal and institutional change, leadership and leading from the middle.

Also, Ming-Jer Chen, Leslie E. Grayson Professor of Business Administration at Darden, is currently serving as AOM’s vice president and program chair, a position that puts him on a five-year track to the Academy’s presidency.

Founded in 1954, the Darden School of Business is a professional school that improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs. For more information, contact communication@darden.virginia.edu.

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