CCL Research Awards
The Center for Creative Leadership sponsors awards to stimulate outstanding field research and its creative application to the practice of leadership.
2012 H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership
The Center for Creative Leadership welcomes Dr. Karen Stephenson who has been selected this year's H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow. Dr. Stephenson, a social network analysis expert, is president of NetForm International and professor of Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management. As part of her yearlong appointment, Dr. Stephenson will assist CCL in extending its research on change and transformation within organizations, as well as strengthening its programs and products.
"We are very privileged to partner with Dr. Stephenson in the coming year," said CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan. "Her influence on management thinking globally is extensive, and CCL shares her passion for exploring new ways to accelerate organizational cultures and performance."
Dr. Stephenson has 35 years of academic research and corporate experience in the field of social network analysis. She has served as professor of Management at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. In 2007, Dr. Stephenson was one of only three females recognized in Random House's Guide to Management Gurus. Business 2.0 magazine deemed her "The Organization Woman." She was recently awarded the first Katherine Houghton Hepburn Fellow at Bryn Mawr College for her groundbreaking work in the social sciences. Dr. Stephenson obtained her doctorate degree in anthropology from Harvard University.
A pioneer in social network analysis, Dr. Stephenson has developed and taught social network theory and management as part of a core MBA, EMBA and leadership curriculum. She has led the introduction of social network analysis in the work of the US and British governments as well as in joint ventures with early adopters such as IBM, Steelcase and JP Morgan. Dr. Stephenson's current research interests focus on (1) the diagnostic practice of assessing complex networked institutions (heterarchies), (2) establishing standards of measurement for social capital metrics and HR analytics, and (3) developing best practices for assessing corporate "health and wellness".
"My mantra, borrowed from Dartmouth College's motto 'Vox clamantis in deserto', has served me well on the pioneer trail. As a 'hybrid' institution, CCL is also a 'Voice crying out in the wilderness,'" Dr. Stephenson said. "In some ways, we are more alike than would first appear because we both are driving a wedge between traditional approaches in research and practice in order to harvest innovation. I think this is a match made in heaven."
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.
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.
Past Award Winners:
- Download the 2012 Winning paper abstract by Taylor E. Sparks, Ph.D. (PDF)
- Download the 2011 Winning paper abstract by Brian C. Gunia (PDF)
- Download the 2010 Winning paper abstract by Dong Liu (PDF)
- Download the 2009 Winning paper abstract by Marisa Adelman (PDF)
- Download the 2008 Winning paper abstract by Hakan Ener (PDF)
- Download the 2007 Winning paper abstract by Robyn L. Brouer (PDF)
- Download the 2006 Winning paper abstract by Herman H. M. Tse (PDF)
- Download the 2005 Winning paper abstract by Franklin Kudo (PDF)
- Download the 2004 Winning paper by Lisa A. Boyce (PDF)
- Download the 2003 Winning paper by Marie Dasborough (PDF)
- Download the 2002 Winning paper by Nathan J. Hiller (PDF)
- Download the 2001 Winning paper by Tomas R. Giberson (PDF)
- Download the 2000 Winning paper by Jeffrey C. Kohles (PDF)
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (EJWOP) Best Paper Award
2012 Award Winner
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'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.
Past Award Winners:
- Download the 2010 Winning paper abstract by Barbara Künzle (PDF)
- Download the 2009 Winning paper abstract by Prof. Dr. Deanne N. Den Hartog (PDF)
- Download the 2008 Winning paper abstract by Dr. Jennifer L. Sparr (PDF)
- Download the 2007 Winning paper abstract by Dr. Jörg Felfe (PDF)
The Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research AwardWilliam 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.
Past Award Winners:
- 2011-12 award winner, Lynda Gratton
- 2010 award winner, David V. Day
- 2009 award winner, Dr. Nancy J. Adler
- 2008 award winner, Dr. Anne S. Tsui
- 2007 award winner, Dr. Jerry Hunt
- 2006 award winner, Dr. Gary Yukl
- 2005 award winner, Dr. Fred E. Fiedler
- 2004 award winner, Dr. Edwin P. Hollander
- 2003 award winner, Dr. Ann Howard
- 2002 award winner, Dr. Bernard Bass
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.
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.
Past Award Winners:
- Download the 2011 Winning paper abstract by David Day and Hock-Peng Sin (PDF)
- Download the 2010 Winning paper abstract by John Antonakis (PDF)
- Download the 2009 Winning paper abstract by Dr. Dongil (Don) Jung (PDF)
- Download the 2008 Winning paper abstract by Dr. Ginamarie Scott Ligon (PDF)
- Download the 2007 Winning paper abstract by Dr. John J. Sosik (PDF)
- 2006 award winner, Dr. Joyce Bono