RRBM Honor Roll

The RRBM Honor Roll publications have been selected as examples of research that is both rigorous and relevant. The listing below offers credible insights for society.

These publications have been selected for the RRBM Honor Roll by the Selection Board with the exception of 2019 articles selected by a pre-test review panel.


Nature of the publicationJournal article
Title of the publication"From Sheltered to Included: The Emancipation of Disabled Workers from Benevolent Marginalization,"
Journal name/Book publisherAcademy of Management Journal

While there have been several studies on overt forms of marginalization, few have examined benevolent marginalization, where people may unquestioningly participate in their
own paternalistic subjugation by following a prescribed identity. How might such individuals end up achieving emancipation from an infantilizing identity? To address this
puzzle, we conducted a longitudinal study of a German sheltered workshop, an organization providing employment for disabled people. We observed that workers with disability initially maintained a regulating organizational identity based on paternalistic
segregation. However, over time, they constructed their own self-determining identity
and coproduced a change in the workshop’s identity from “shelter” to “inclusion.” First,
we show that in order to coconstruct their preferred self-concept, benevolently marginalized individuals need to gain the support of those in power, who change their role from a
guardian to an ally. Second, while achieving liberation from overt marginalization is
likely to involve confrontation with one’s oppressors, we suggest that achieving emancipation from benevolent marginalization is a collaborative process of mutual consciousness raising and sensitization. Third, while changes of identity may occur after exposure
to alternative discourses, often involving the contentious performances of external activists, we show how insider activists mobilize collective action for change within a protectionis

Author #1Patricia Hein
Affiliation Author #1Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.
Author #2Shaz Ansari
Affiliation Author #2Judge Business School, University of Cambridge