2012 Conference (June 20-24, 2012)


In recognition of IACMR’s mission, we wish to confer awards for excellence in Chinese management research. These awards will be made at the 2012 Bi-Annual Conference in Hong Kong, China (June 20-24, 2012).

a. IACMR Lifetime Contribution Award

The International Association for Chinese Management Research takes pride in honoring a retired scholar who has made significant contribution to the field of Chinese management research with the “IACMR Lifetime Achievement Award”. This recipient scholar should have made substantial contribution to Chinese management scholarship, has provided exemplary services to IACMR, and also have received the IACMR Distinguished Contribution Award. The process involves a nomination by an IACMR member with a nomination letter and a CV of the candidate. The Executive Committee of IACMR and the Chair of the IACMR Awards Committee reviews and approves the nomination.

Award Winner – Professor John Child

We are honored to offer this award to Professor John Child who is a big pillar in organizational studies. His 1972 paper on the role of strategic choice for organizational performance (published in Sociology) is a classic. Google Scholars shows that it has been cited over 4000 times. This paper is a foundation for the field of business strategy. His China involvement began in 1985 when he first taught at the China-European Community Management Institute [CEMI] in Beijing (the precursor of the China-Europe International Business School). He served as Dean and Director of CEMI during 1989 and 1990. He published some of the earliest papers on the reform of Chinese economy and its impact on Chinese firms (Boisot & Child, 1988; 1996, both in ASQ; Boisot & Child, 1999 in Org Science). These three papers have been cited over 1200 times. His 1994 book on “Management in China during the age of reform (Cambridge University Press) was cited over 700 times. He is clearly one of the pioneers of Chinese management research.

In recognition of Prof. Child’s contribution, he was awarded the “Distinguished Contribution Award” at the inaugural conference of IACMR, 2004. In addition, Prof. Child also serves as one of the founding senior editors for Management and Organization Review, and his article on the internationalization of Chinese firms in MOR1.3 with S. Rodrigues (2005) is one of the most cited articles in MOR. Beyond serving as a senior editor, he was a co guest editor for a special issue in MOR, on globalization of Chinese firms. He served as the Chair of the Awards Committee for the 2008 IACMR conference.

Prof. Child retired from the University of Birmingham in summer 2009, after serving over 40 years in the organization studies field. In summary, Prof. John Child is exemplary of a scholar most deserving to receive the IACMR Lifetime Achievement Award.

b. Distinguished Research Contribution Award

This award recognizes a senior scholar who has devoted much of his/her career to the study of Chinese management and has made significant contributions to the field in theory, methodology or in explaining the workings of Chinese organizations or organizations in China; who has advanced the field and blazed a path for future researchers; and who has enhanced the visibility of Chinese management research by impacting the broader research community.

Award Winner – Michael Harris Bond

Michael Bond grew up in Canada, was educated first at Toronto, and did his doctorate in social psychology at Stanford. He then spent a period in Japan before coming to Hong Kong in 1974, and adopting it as his (psychological) home, remaining active there now for nearly forty years. For almost all of that period he was at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but on retiring from there he has since been at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, first as Chair Professor of Applied Social Science then as Visiting Chair Professor of management and Marketing. Over those years he has long held a position of leadership represented in his Presidency of the Hong Kong Psychological Society from 1978 to 1981, in his Presidency of the International Association of Cross-cultural Psychology at the turn of this century and in his continuing engagement in research and teaching and publishing.

Both his timing and his choice of place were immaculate. If you wanted to define a laboratory where the surrounding psychology would be varied, changing, interesting, and of gathering global significance, you could not have found a better destination. But people have to be aware of, and to rise to, such challenges and Michael did so with distinction. Moreover he did so in a way that took the issues into the wider world to make them accessible and of general significance for the development of the discipline as a whole. He has stood alongside other figures of world significance in the field, such as Geert Hofstede and Harry Triandis, and been deservedly part of such fellowship.

At a recent point he had published 205 research journal papers, 62 book chapters, had written 5 books and edited 7 more. His great compendia The Psychology of the Chinese People, and now The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology, make massive contributions to a wide range of fields and interests. The range of his studies reveals a clear purpose being pursued. Firstly is a wide base of empirical studies covering the specifics of Chinese individual psychology, ranging from person perception, through group behavior, to life satisfaction and society. This base is added to by examinations of societal processes: leadership, collectivism, face, language use, conflict, parenting, bi-culturalism, and Confucianism as practiced. From this very large base grow out the grander theories to link with the external worlds of other societies: ethnic affirmation, comparative societal values, and social axioms or beliefs about the world, as he and Kwok Leung characterize them.

Michael Bond’s mission is to take culturally-determined social interaction between individuals, measure and compare it across societies, and then see how the patterns resonate and make possible universal models for social interaction, explored in his books with Peter. B. Smith on social psychology across cultures. This work blends knowledge of reality treated as a serious research challenge, and knowledge of theorizing for general applicability treated as an ultimate contribution. Both domains of scholarship are on full display in the scholar we now honor.

c. Wiley-Blackwell Management and Organization Review Young Scholar Award

This award recognizes a young scholar’s contributions to the fields of managerial and organizational research. The award will go to a young author who has published in Management and Organization Review and who is the sole or first author of his/her article.

MOR Young Scholar Award Flyer


Product Innovations in Emerging Economies: The Role of Foreign Knowledge Access Channels and Internal Efforts in Chinese Firms, Jing Li, Simon Fraser University, Dong Chen, Peking University, and Daniel M. Shapiro, Cornell University (in MOR 6.2)

Guanxi Dynamics and Entrepreneurial Firm Creation and Development in China, Chun Guo, Sacred Heart, and Jane K. Miller, University of Massachusetts Amherst (in MOR 6.2)

d. Distinguished Executive Award

This award is for a senior executive who has devoted much of his/her career to the practice of management and is widely recognized for strong leadership with positive firm performance. S/he has high social responsibility in practical management environment and taking concrete actions reflecting concern for the society’s social and natural environments; and that values learning, and serves as a role model for other leaders.

Awards Winner – Chuanzhi Liu, Chairman of Legend Holdings Ltd., and Founder and Honorary Chairman of Lenovo

Mr. Liu Chuanzhi graduated from Xi’dian University (formerly named Xi’an Military Communications Engineering Institution) in China in 1966, and is regarded as the “Legend of Legend,” who built Lenovo from a small company at Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, into the world’s second largest PC maker and a “Fortune Global 500” company. Lenovo’s revenue in 2011/12 fiscal year was 29.6 billion US dollars.

Lenovo began in a small front gate reception room of the Computing Institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with 11 employees and an initial capital of 200,00 RMB (30,000 USD) provided by the Institute. In 2001, Lenovo span off from Legend Holdings, which then fostered more successful subsidiaries, including Digital China (IT), Legend Capital (VC), Hony Capital (PE), Raycom Real Estate, etc.

Mr. Liu’s achievements are attributed to his integrity, wisdom and vision. The most valuable part in his leadership is that he often leads ahead of time and constantly pursues an effective upgrade. Through years of practices, Mr. Liu summarized and developed core Legend/Lenovo management philosophies and approaches, such as the “Three Management Keys” (building leadership team, developing strategies, and taking people with you).

For the past 28 years, Legend Holdings has been working hard to be “a respected and trusted company” by aligning its social responsibilities with its overall-arching strategy. Legend Holdings and its subsidiaries obey laws, pay taxes, provide quality products and services, and create quality career opportunities. They attach high importance to talent development, build sound corporate cultures, advocate business ethics, and fulfil their social responsibilities in various facets of their business operation. They keep on working on these core philanthropic areas – supporting entrepreneurs, aiding education, upholding social justice, reducing digital divide, protecting environment, and disaster relief.

Mr. Liu keeps pursuing higher and higher goals. In the 1990s, Lenovo did a series of reforms, and defeated competitors in its home market of China. In 2004, Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC Division and expanded into the global market, setting a good example for other Chinese companies seeking to go global. Mr. Liu guided Legend Holdings to enter new business areas and nurtured more successful companies. Mr. Liu directed a series of reforms in share ownership structure and corporate governance, which, as a result, maximized employees’ sense of being true owners of the company and boosted their productivity. Mr. Liu attaches high importance to talent development, and has nurtured a younger generation of leaders in the Legend family of companies, which ensures the sustained vitality of the conglomerate.

As a pioneer and practitioner in the reforms in technology research institutes, Mr. Liu explored a successful path in China of transferring high-tech research in labs into products and businesses. He passed on Legend/Lenovo’s proven experience and expertise to other companies through doing investment, and helped more Chinese companies grow and succeed.

Mr. Liu’s extraordinary management performance has been recognized by numerous recognitions, such as “Man of Reform in China,” “Asian Businessman of the Year” (Fortune, 2000), “Asian Star” (BusinessWeek, 2000), “Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Business” (Time, 2001), “Outstanding Individual in Promoting China-US Relations” (The National Committee of US China Relations (NCUSCR), 2005), “Business Leader in A Decade of Economic Development in China” (CCTV, 2009), “Entrepreneur for the World 2010 Award” by the World Entrepreneur Forum (EM Lyon & KPMG, 2010), and “2011 CCTV Business Man of the Year Life-time Achievement Award”.

Mr. Liu Chuanzhi’s leadership characterized by the special blending of technology-business-humanity makes it clear that he truly deserves to be recognized as the recipient of the “2012 Distinguished Executive Award,” proudly presented to him by the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR).

e. Best Conference Paper Awards

i. Best Conference Macro Paper Award
This award is given to a paper that deals with organizational level issues including strategy, structure, international management, multinational corporations, organizational growth and development, firm-environment relationships, or firm performance, etc.


The Invisible Hand of Family: Diversification in Business Groups in Emerging Economies
Qian Gu, National University Of Singapore, Jane Lu, National University Of Singapore, Chi-Nien Chung, National University of Singapore

Teaming up with the Stars? A Study of Networks and Performance among Project Teams in the Hong Kong Movie Industry, 1973-1997
Wouter Stam, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Yi Tang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Political Embeddedness as a Double-edged Sword: Firms in China’s Stock Market
Lu Zheng, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

ii. Best Conference Micro Paper Award
This award is given to a paper that deals with individual and group level issues within the organizational setting, including topics such as leadership, motivation, conflict, group dynamics, individual attitudes and performance, as well as cross-cultural issues at the individual or group levels, etc.


The Interplay Between Perspective Taking and Proactive Personality
Yuanyuan Huo, City University of Hong Kong, Ziguang Chen, City University of Hong Kong, Wing Lam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Abusive Supervision, Silence Climate and Silence Behaviors: A Multi-level Examination of the Mediating Processes in China
Serene Ng, Australian National University, George Zhen Xiong Chen, Australian National University, Samuel Aryee, Aston University 

Why are People Afraid of Speaking up? A Multi-level Study of Prohibitive Voice in China
Xin Wei, University of International Business and Economics, Zhixue Zhang, Peking University, Xiaoping Chen, University of Washington

iii. Best Student Paper Award
This award is given to a paper written by a student who is the sole author of the paper. Any topic is appropriate as long as the paper shows rigor in conceptualization and methods and contributes to new knowledge.


The Emergence of Chinese Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Industry: The Role of Returnee Entrepreneurs and Institutional Entrepreneurs
Yipeng Liu, University of Mannheim

Reactions to CSR Genuineness: Exploring the Moderating Role of Horizontal Individualism
Carmen Ng, The Hong Kong University of Science And Technology

f. Li Ning Dissertation Grant

The Li Ning Dissertation Grant, sponsored by Li Ning Company, is established to encourage doctoral students to conduct the dissertation research that borrows existing theories, with appropriate contextualization, to analyze Chinese management phenomena, as well as develops context-specific theories to explain unique Chinese management phenomena.

First Prize Awards

Cheng Chen (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
Kaifeng Jiang (Rutgers University, USA)
Minghua Li (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Hongyan Qu (Peking University, China)
Jie Wang (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Second Prize Awards

Zhujun Ding (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Jing Betty Feng (Georgia State University, USA)
Wan Hsien Hu (Dong Hwa University, Taiwan)
Daomi Lin (Peking University, China)
Xiao-Xiao Liu (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

g. Conference Best Reviewers

The Conference Best Reviewers award is selected by the program committee based on the quality of the reviews during the review process of the submissions.

List of 2012 Best Reviewers
Xinwen Bai, China Academy of Sciences
Zhijun Chen, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Siu Yin Sally Cheung, Hong Kong Baptist University
Nai-Wen Chi, National Sun Yat-Sen University
Carolyn Egri, Simon Fraser University
Runtian Jing, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Lirong Long, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Nanfeng Luo, University of New South Wales
Cuili Qian, City University of Hong Kong
Wouter Stam, Hong Kong Unviersity of Science and Technology
Riki Takeuchi, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Jie Xiong, Emlyon Business School
Xiaotao Yao, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Yu Zhang, University of California, Irvine

To see previous awards winners, awards committees and other detailed information, please go to the IACMR’s website: