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The Center for Creative Leadership sponsors awards to stimulate outstanding field research and its creative application to the practice of leadership.

2014-2015 H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership

Peter Ping Li

Peter Ping Li (PhD, 1991, George Washington University, USA) is Professor of Chinese Business Studies at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Before joining CBS, he was Professor of Management at California State University. His academic interest lies in developing theories around the interdisciplinary issues across the broad field of organizational management. In particular, his primary focus is on reexamining the extant Western theories from the cultural and historical frames of China and East Asia, especially applying the unique Chinese philosophy of wisdom (with "Tao" as the ontology to balance subjectivity with objectivity by identifying their shared essence; "Yin-Yang" as the epistemology to balance opposite elements by reframing paradox into duality in terms of being partially conflicting and partially complementary; "Wu" as a methodology to balance experience as cognitive system 1 with rationality as cognitive system 2 by evoking intuitive imagination for insight via metaphor as cognitive system 3. He has been globally recognized as a leading scholar in two fastest emerging research streams: (1) Chinese indigenous management (especially the developing and application of Chinese philosophy of wisdom to managerial paradox and creative cognition), and (2) emerging multinational firms (especially the bottom-up trajectories and mechanisms of catching up and leapfrogging by the emerging multinational firms as latecomers).

Dr. Li has published over 30 articles in various academic journals, including Organization Studies, Journal of Operations Management, Management and Organization Review, Journal of International Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, among others. He has also published two books, one in English on disruptive innovation at the bottom of the pyramid published by Routledge, and one in Chinese on case study method published by Peking University Press. He is a visiting professor of International Business in the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, also formerly a visiting professor at the China Center for Economic Research in Peking University (China), the School of Management in Xian Jiaotong University (China), and a visiting scholar in Stanford University (USA). Dr. Li is also a distinguished visiting professor at Zhejiang University and Renmin University, both in China. He has been invited to present his research in the U.S., U.K., Finland, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. He has recently won three major research grants with a total of over US$5 million for the research projects on the topics of the indigenous innovation in China (Chinese National Science Foundation Major Project Grant); the policy design for inclusive urban development in China (Chinese National Social Science Foundation Major Project Grant), and business model innovation among medium-sized Danish firms entering the mid-end market in China (Danish Government Grant). Recently, he has been awarded the prestigious (which is awarded to one scholar per year) H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellowship by the U.S-based Center for Creative Leadership.

Dr. Li serves on the editorial boards of six management journals, i.e., Academy of Management Discovery, Journal of Management Studies, Management and Organizational Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of International Management, and Global Strategy Journal. The first is a journal newly launched by the Academy of Management. The second is the leading management journal in Europe; the next two are the leading journals devoted to the managerial issues in Asia, and the last two are the upcoming journals on international business. He also serves on the advisory board of the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management. He once served as a guest editor for two special issues of Management and Organization Review ("Building, Maintaining and Repairing Trust across Cultures" and "Indigenous Management Research in China"). In addition, he is one of the five "Outstanding Reviewers" for Management and Organizational Review (2004-2008). Finally, He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Trust Research (published since 2011 by Routledge).

View a list of previous Visiting Fellows.

The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award

2014 Call for Papers

The International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are pleased to partner to sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center.

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Chenwei Liao

Mr. Chenwei Liao has been chosen the 2013 Kenneth E. Clark Student Award winner.

Chenwei Liao is a Ph.D. Candidate of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management in the University of Illinois at Chicago's Department of Managerial Studies. He is interested in two streams of research, leadership and work arrangements, from a multilevel perspective. In one, he considers how leadership styles (i.e., servant leadership) and the coexistence of multiple leader-follower dyads (leader-member exchange differentiation) in work groups influence group dynamics and individual outcomes. In the other stream, he considers the role of work arrangements in shaping employee attitudes and behaviors within groups. He is also fascinated by the rich intersection between these two streams of research.

Chenwei's Kenneth E. Clark award winning paper is generously funded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. In addition, Chenwei is a recipient of the SHRM Foundation/Academy of Management (AOM) Human Resources Division Dissertation Grant Award, a First Prize Winner of the Li Ning/International Association of Chinese Management Research Dissertation Proposal Grant Award, and a Greenleaf Scholar recognized by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Abstract link (PDF)

The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award recognizes outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in memory of Kenneth Clark, a distinguished scholar and former president of CCL. Beginning in 2010, the award will be co-sponsored with the International Leadership Association (ILA). The winner will receive a cash award and a trip to the ILA Annual Conference to present the paper in a colloquium. This year's conference is in Montreal, Canada.

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European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (EJWOP) Best Paper Award

2012 Award Winner

Aichia Chuang

Aichia Chuang is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management in the Department of Business Administration at the National Taiwan University in Taiwan. She earned her doctorate in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in Sociology from the National Taiwan University. She is currently serving as visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Dr. Chuang's research interests include leadership, multilevel theory and methods, cross-cultural management, inclusion (person-environment fit and diversity), service climate and service performance, and emotions. Her research has been conducted in several countries such as the US, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Korea, and she has been invited to join a couple of large-scaled multinational projects. Dr. Chuang has won the Herbie Award of Teaching Excellence from the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies at the University of Minnesota and several research awards including the 2010-2014 outstanding research/teaching scholar award from the National Taiwan University, 2007 Ta-You Wu Memorial Research Award from the National Science Council in Taiwan, the 2005 Weizhao Chen Management Research Scholar Award from the College of Management at the National Taiwan University, and the 2006 Academy of Management's Dorothy Harlow Distinguished Paper Award. Her research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

She served as the Chair of the Best Student Conference Paper (2008 and 2009) and has served as the HR Ambassador (since 2008) representing Taiwan for the HR Division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Chuang is the area editor of a Taiwanese SSCI journal, NTU Management Review. She is on the editorial board of Human Relations and that of Taiwanese SSCI journals: the Journal of Human Resource Management and Journal of Management & Systems. Read the abstract


2011 Award Winner

Elizabeth Hobman

Elizabeth Hobman's research is concerned with the application of behavioural economics, social psychology, and sociology to the study of a range of behaviourally-based problems facing society. Her primary focus lies in conducting randomised-controlled behaviour change field experiments to tackle such issues as energy wastage, peak demand for energy and acceptance of household energy-management technologies. Her previous research on organisational change and individual motivation is brought to bear on these issues, particularly in relation to the dynamic, process-oriented nature of change, and the social and systemic influences that impact on individual behaviour. Read the abstract


The EJWOP Best Paper Award is jointly sponsored by CCL and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology recognizes high-quality scholarly work on leadership and organizational effectiveness. Annual EJWOP awards are announced every two years, coinciding with the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology International Conference in May. The two authors received a cash award and presented their papers at the 2011 conference.

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The Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award

William R. Torbert

William R. Torbert, has been chosen as the 2013 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Award Recipient for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of leadership.

Leadership Professor Emeritus of Management at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Bill Torbert is currently a principal of Action Inquiry Associates and founder of the Action Inquiry Fellowship.

Between 1978-2008, Torbert served first as BC's Carroll School Graduate Dean and later as Director of the PhD Program in Organizational Transformation, the MBA program rising from below the top 100 to 25th nationally during his deanship. Within the Academy of Management, he served as Chair for the Organization Development & Change Division, on the Board of the Organization Behavior Teaching Society, as well having served on the founding Editorial Boards of numerous journals including most recently the Journal of Action Research and Academy of Management Learning and Education. Torbert has consulted widely (e.g. Odebrecht Construction [Brazil], Volvo and UBS Warburg [England], Lego, Gillette, the National Security Agency, the Canadian Senior Public Service, and the Center for Creative Leadership among many others) as well as serving on the Boards of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Trillium Asset Management (socially responsible investing).

With regard to scholarship, Torbert's 2004 Berrett-Koehler book, Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership, presents his theories, cases, surveys, and lab and field experiments about developmental transformation at both the personal and organizational levels, as well as within science itself, undergirded by an action research process exercised in real-time, everyday life, called "Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry." Unlike most purely third-person, analytic social science research, the paradigm of Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry integrates first-person, second-person, and third-person research/practice in real-time. His 2005 Harvard Business Review article with David Rooke, "Seven Transformations of Leadership," has recently been named one of top ten leadership articles ever published in HBR, having earlier won an international award for Best Published Research on Leadership and Corporate Governance in 2006. Torbert's many other books and articles include the national Alpha Sigma Nu award winning Managing the Corporate Dream (Dow Jones-Irwin, 1987), and the Terry Award Finalist book The Power of Balance: Transforming Self, Society, and Scientific Inquiry (Sage, 1991).

Torbert received a BA, magna cum laude, in Political Science & Economics and a PhD in Administrative Sciences, both from Yale University, holding a Danforth Graduate Fellowship during his graduate years. He founded the Yale Upward Bound (War on Poverty) program and the Theatre of Inquiry, and taught at Yale, Southern Methodist University, and Harvard prior to joining the Boston College faculty in 1978. He won the Outstanding Professor Award at SMU in 1972, in 1991 won the first Carroll School MBA Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2008 received the David L. Bradford Distinguished Educator Award from the Organization Behavior Teaching Society, and in 2010 the Outstanding Scholar award from the Western Academy of Management. Most of all, though, he takes great pleasure and pride (not to mention more than occasional pain) in the ongoing development of his three sons, Michael, Patrick, and Benjamin, and of his closest friends, colleagues, and students.

The Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award is named in honor of Walter F. Ulmer, Jr., retired president, for his contributions to CCL and the leadership field, to demonstrate CCL's commitment to applied research, and to build connections with other professionals whose work and commitments are congruent with CCL's. An internal committee (Dave Altman and John Ryan) determines the winner. He or she receives $1,500 and a trip to the Center to attend the Research Awards Event.

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Leadership Quarterly Award

The Leadership Quarterly Best Paper Award, sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership, is presented annually in recognition of the best published paper submitted during the previous year to The Leadership Quarterly. The 2012 award winning paper is "Differentiating transformational and non-transformational leaders on the basis of neurological imaging", by Pierre Balthazard, Ph.D.

Pierre Balthazard, Ph.D.

Dr. Pierre Balthazard is Professor of Management and Dean of the AACSB-accredited School of Business at St. Bonaventure University. His research focuses on the design and investigation of individual, group, leadership, and organizational diagnostic instruments and interventions that support improved personal and organizational performance.

Dr. Balthazard is an authority on 'the neuroscience of leadership,' an interdisciplinary field aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of how the human brain supports leaders in thought, perception, decision-making, affect, action, and social processes. He has initiated research programs that have earned over $5 million in grants and contracts from sources like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the U.S. Army, and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Dr. Balthazard has co-authored over 100 articles, proceedings, scholarly presentations, chapters, psychometric instruments, and technical reports, with manuscripts appearing in Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, MIS Quarterly, The Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. He also reviews for MIS Quarterly, The Leadership Quarterly, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and currently serves on the editorial board of The International Journal of Information Security and Privacy. His article "Differentiating transformational and non-transformational leaders on the basis of neurological imaging," published in The Leadership Quarterly (v. 23. 2, pp. 244-258), was recently selected by the Editorial Board of the Journal as the best paper published in 2012.

At St. Bonaventure, Dr. Balthazard is honored to lead the revitalization of the Business School under the banner of 'becoming extraordinary through responsible leadership.' Buoyed by the new state-of-the art Swan Business Center, significant investments in programs and infrastructure, and its Franciscan values, the School is uniquely positioned to produce the global leaders our world needs today and tomorrow.

Download the 2012 Winning paper abstract.

The annual award for best paper is presented jointly by CCL and The Leadership Quarterly. The award includes a citation, cash award and invitation to visit CCL.

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