2021 “Responsible Research in Management” Award

Sponsored by the Academy of Management Fellows

Co-sponsored by the Responsible Research in Business and Management

Announcement of Winners and Finalists

June 7, 2021



The Fellows Group of the Academy of Management recognizes and honors members who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management.  In 2021, the Fellows joined forces with the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management to sponsor the Responsible Research in Management Award.  This annual award recognizes and celebrates recent research that benefits society by producing credible and useful knowledge.  Credibility refers to the reliability, validity and trustworthiness of research findings that arise from either inductive or deductive logic, using quantitative and/or qualitative data.  Usefulness refers to the potential of research findings to make the world a better place by informing policy and influencing practice.


Selection Process

One hundred and two scholarly works published since 2016 were nominated for the 2021 award (click here for the Call for Nominations).  They went through a rigorous two-stage review process. First, a committee made up of thirty-one Academy of Management Fellows and four British Academy of Management Fellows identified the finalists.  Next, the finalists were evaluated by a group of executive reviewers. Winners were chosen based on the joint recommendations of the Fellows and the executives.


Award Winning Research

We are extremely pleased to honor eight “Finalists,” nine “Winners,” and four “Distinguished Winners” (the list is shown below this announcement). This group of excellent articles and books represents 20% of the works nominated, reflecting extremely high standards of accomplishment. These studies exemplify the principles of responsible research, strive for broad and significant societal benefits, and will leave the world a better place by informing policy, improving practice, and advancing theory.


Each of the winners will receive a cash prize and a certificate of recognition. We acknowledge JD.com’s generosity in funding the cash prizes. Winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony during the AOM 2021 meeting (held virtually).


We wish to express our deepest gratitude to 35 academic reviewers, 18 executive reviewers, and three research assistants for their dedication and selfless contributions to this Awards program. (The full list of reviewers is available here.)


Our heartfelt congratulations to the authors of these outstanding research publications. We believe their example can inspire the rest of us to infuse more credibility, utility, and societal benefit into our research projects.




Alan D. Meyer (Chair) & Andrew Van de Ven (Co-Chair), Macro Articles

Carrie Leana (Chair) &, Jackie Coyle-Shapiro (Co-Chair), Micro Articles

Howard Thomas (Chair) & Karlene Roberts (Co-Chair), Books

Rich Klimoski (Chair) & Angelo DeNisi (Co-Chair), Executive Reviews

Donald S. Siegel, Dean, Academy of Management Fellows

Anne S. Tsui, Co-Founder, RRBM



Winners and Finalists of the

2021 “Responsible Research in Management” Award

Sponsored by the Academy of Management Fellows

Co-sponsored by the Responsible Research in Business and Management


Distinguished Winners (4)


Bazerman, M. H. (2020). Better, not perfect: A realist’s guide to maximum sustainable goodness. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Goodman, R., & Kaplan, S. (2019). Work–life balance as a household negotiation: A new perspective from rural India. Academy of Management Discoveries, 5(4), 465-486. DOI: 10.5465/amd.2018.0105


Kitchens, B., Johnson, S. L., & Gray, P. (2020). Understanding echo chambers and filter bubbles: The impact of social media on diversification and partisan shifts in news consumption. MIS Quarterly, 44(4), 1619-1650. DOI: 10.25300/MISQ/2020/16371


Kucukkeles, B., Ben-Menahem, S. M., & von Krogh, G. (2019). Small numbers, big concerns: Practices and organizational arrangements in rare disease drug repurposing. Academy of Management Discoveries, 5(4), 415-437. DOI: 10.5465/amd.2018.0183


Read a layperson’s summary of each of the Distinguished Winners here



Winners (9)


DesJardine, M. R., Marti, E., & Durand, R. (in press). Why activist hedge funds target socially responsible firms: The reaction costs of signaling corporate social responsibility. Academy of Management Journal, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2019.0238


Eden, L., & Wagstaff, M. F. (2021). Evidence-based policymaking and the wicked problem of SDG 5 gender equality. Journal of International Business Policy, 4(1), 28-57. DOI: 10.1057/s42214-020-00054-w


Feng, Z., Liu, Y., Wang, Z., & Savani, K. (2020). Let’s choose one of each: Using the partition dependence effect to increase diversity in organizations. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 158, 11-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2020.01.011


Gupta, V. K., Mortal, S., Chakrabarty, B., Guo, X., & Turban, D. B. (2020). CFO gender and financial statement irregularities. Academy of Management Journal, 63(3), 802-831. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2017.0713


Henderson, R. (2020). Reimagining capitalism in a world on fire. New York, NY: PublicAffairs.


Marquis, C. (2020). Better business: How the B Corp movement is remaking capitalism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.


Rousseau, H. E., Berrone, P., & Gelabert, L. (2019). Localizing sustainable development goals: Nonprofit density and city sustainability. Academy of Management Discoveries, 5(4), 487-513. DOI: 10.5465/amd.2018.0151


Sitzmann, T., & Campbell, E. M. (in press). The hidden cost of prayer: Religiosity and the gender wage gap. Academy of Management Journal, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2019.1254


Thoroughgood, C. N., Sawyer, K. B., & Webster, J. R. (2021). Because you’re worth the risks: Acts of oppositional courage as symbolic messages of relational value to transgender employees. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(3), 399–421. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000515


Read a layperson’s summary of each of the Winners here



Finalists (8)


Barberá-Tomás, D., Castelló, I., De Bakker, F. G., & Zietsma, C. (2019). Energizing through visuals: How social entrepreneurs use emotion-symbolic work for social change. Academy of Management Journal, 62(6), 1789-1817. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2017.1488


Ganju, K. K., Atasoy, H., McCullough, J., & Greenwood, B. (2020). The role of decision support systems in attenuating racial biases in healthcare delivery. Management Science, 66(11), 5171-5181. DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2020.3698


Lu, J. G., Nisbett, R. E., & Morris, M. W. (2020). Why East Asians but not South Asians are underrepresented in leadership positions in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(9), 4590-4600. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1918896117


Pfeffer, J., Witters, D., Agrawal, S., & Harter, J. K. (2020). Magnitude and effects of “sludge” in benefits administration: How health insurance hassles burden workers and cost employers. Academy of Management Discoveries, 6(3), 325-340. DOI: 10.5465/amd.2020.0063


Sergent, K., & Stajkovic, A. D. (2020). Women’s leadership is associated with fewer deaths during the Covid-19 crisis: Quantitative and qualitative analyses of United States governors. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105(8), 771–783. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000577


Shea, C. T., & Hawn, O. V. (2019). Microfoundations of corporate social responsibility and irresponsibility. Academy of Management Journal, 62(5), 1609-1642. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.0795


Wang, M. S., Raynard, M., & Greenwood, R. (in press). From grace to violence: Stigmatizing the medical profession in China. Academy of Management Journal, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2018.0715


Wright, A. L., Meyer, A. D., Reay, T., & Staggs, J. (2020). Maintaining places of social inclusion: Ebola and the emergency department. Administrative Science Quarterly, 66(1): 42-85. DOI: 10.1177/0001839220916401


Read a layperson’s summary of each of the Finalists here