2015 Emerald/IACMR Chinese Management Research Fund Award Winners

Supporting the dissemination of knowledge for the social good in China 

Emerald and the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) are delighted to invite submissions to their Chinese Management Research Fund Award. The winner will receive £2,000 to fund the winning research project and two runners up will receive prizes of £500. Applications should address the dissemination of knowledge for the social good with a specific orientation toward benefit for mainland China. The IACMR are pleased to offer the winner(s) a complimentary membership, which will include a subscription to Management and Organization Review, for a limited time of 12 months. To those who are already IACMR members, their membership will be extended by one year beyond their current membership expiration date. Similarly, Emerald will also offer a subscription to Chinese Management Studies, on the same terms.


CEO Mindset and Firm Competition Behaviors: The Moderating Roles of Institutional and Market Environments
Wei Zheng, Weiguo Zhong, Jiangyong Lu
Peking University

We are really honored to be awarded the Emerald/IACMR Chinese Management Research Fund and sincerely to express our gratitude towards Emerald Group Publishing, IACMR and the esteemed judging panel for awarding us as the winner. Coopetition has become a growing phenomenon that has recently attracted the interest of researchers and practitioners, specifically under the trend of “Share Economy” in China. Our research contributes to fill the gap of investigation about coopetition under the specific context of China. From the micro-level perspective, factors of the leaders’ mindsets are incorporated together with strategic considerations for understanding coopetition and effect on firm’s performance outcomes, taking into consideration the dynamic nature of the institutional and market environments simultaneously. The generous funding from the Emerald/IACMR Chinese Management Research Fund is a great encouragement for us to complete our research project and lays the financial foundation for further work. Last but not least, we are very grateful for the great support from our university and colleagues.

Highly Commended

Revisiting Political Ties in China: A New Conceptualization
Danxue Gao, Weiguo Zhong
Peking University
Tianzhen Tang
Nanjing University

We are highly honored to be awarded the 2015 Emerald/IACMR Chinese Management Research Fund, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Emerald Group Publishing, IACMR, and the selection committee whose decision to award us with the research fund has made the advancement of our enquiry into political embeddedness of Chinese firms possible. Our study aims to propose a novel approach in examining firms’ political ties, which is a research stream that has seen voluminous research efforts but puzzling results. By distinguishing formal and informal political ties on a variety of theoretical dimensions, as well as empirically exploring the comparative effects of these two types of ties on various firm outcomes in China, we seek to deepen our understanding of the nature and role of political ties, and reconcile previous conflicting findings. We are extremely grateful to the Emerald/IACMR Chinese Management Research Fund and Guanghua School of Management for funding and supporting us in our efforts to initiate a constructive dialogue on political connections in China.

The Performance Implications of Star Employee: Individual and Team Level Research
Yahua Cai, Ho Kwong, Kwan, Erica Xu
Shanghai University of Finance & Economics

It is our great honor that our proposal was nominated as Highly Commended proposal and we received the 2015 Emerald/IACMR International Advanced Chinese Management Research Fund Award. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Emerald Group Publishing, IACMR, and the selection committee. Our aim of this project is to explain star employees’ performance implications at both individual and team levels. Star performers are usually conferred to high status and power, and firms tend to invest core resources and attention to star performers with the aspiration that stars will positively affect firm’s performance, not only directly through their individual contributions, but also indirectly by providing knowledge spillover s that improve their colleagues’ productivity. However, empirical findings lend no consistent support for this hypothesis. Our research plans to explore the core psychological mechanisms through which the presence of star employees will influence coworkers’ and team’s performance. In addition, using context-sensitive approach, our research will explore both context-specific and context-free contingencies which influence coworker’s reactions to the star employees. Finally, we are also indebted to the great support from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

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