M&SOM Society Award for

Responsible Research in Operations Management


The 2020 Recipients of the M&SOM Society Award for Responsible Research in Operations Management are:

  • Itai Ashlagi (MIT) and Peng Shi (USC Marshall School of Business) for the article Optimal Allocation Without Money: An Engineering Approach


  • Retsef Levi (MIT), Manoj Rajan (Rashtriya e Market Services Private Limited), Somya Singhvi (MIT) & Yanchong Zheng (MIT) for the article “The impact of unifying agricultural wholesale markets on prices and farmers’ profitability”

Following the success of the first Responsible Research in Operations Management Award in 2019, MSOM is proud to support this paper competition for a second year.

The purpose of responsible research is to encourage studies contributing knowledge that may have implications for making the world a better place through informing evidence-based, high quality and societally beneficial organizational practices across business, government and non-government organizations. We call for nomination of published work that exemplifies the four principles of responsible research outlines below.

This award is co-sponsored by the Community for Responsible Research Responsible Research for Business and Management (RRBM). RRBM is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and supporting credible and useful research in the business and management disciplines. It is a virtual organization initially developed by 24 leading scholars in five disciplines at 23 business schools in ten countries, supported by AACSB, EFMD, UN’s PRME, Aspen Institutes’ Business and Society Program, GRLI. It now has nearly 1000 signatories and 50 institutional partners, including many business schools.

Review Committees and Process: A review committee, consisting of 4 – 6 members (based on the volume of submissions), will be chaired by Wedad Elmaghraby and appointed by the M&SOM President; committee members will be comprised of recognized senior faculty, drawing from a diverse set of research areas.

Submission Criteria: We accept nomination or self-nomination of a single research article in the English language that meet the following criteria:

1. The article should be published (or accepted) in a refereed journal by a university or academic press in the five years of 2016 to 2020.
2. The research focuses on timely topics that relate to current and future challenges of managing or leading an organization (for-profit business, entrepreneurial firms, social enterprises, non-profit, government, etc.) and in any region of the world.
3. Research that exemplifies the four principles of responsible research (see below).

Submission Procedure
1. A PDF copy of the article or a pre-print finalized manuscript is acceptable.
2. A cover letter that describes why this work (research article or book) deserves to be considered for the Award, in two single-spaced pages. If possible, provide: a) evidence on the “usefulness” of the research, i.e., how it has made a positive impact on practice or society, and b) information on how this work has been disseminated to stakeholders beyond the academic community. Evidence of impact (number of people or stakeholders impacted and/or reports on metric(s) used to assess the impact of the work) is highly desirable.
3. Include the nominee’s current affiliation and contact information (phone and email address), as well as nominator’s name, affiliation and contact information in the cover letter.
4. Submit nomination materials (PDF of work and cover letter) to Wedad Elmaghraby (welmaghr[at]umd.edu) by April 1, 2020.
5. The finalists and winner(s) decision of the award will be announced at the MSOM summer conference Business Meeting 2020 (Banff, Canada).
6. Award winners will receive a plaque (to be presented at the INFORMS 2020 Business Meeting) and a $500 award (to be shared among multiple winners).