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

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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 held in May. The two authors receive a cash award and will present their papers at the EAWOP conference in Oslo, Norway.

2014 Award Winner

nadineBienefeldNadine Bienefeld is an academic lecturer and consultant at the University of Applied Sciences Zurich, Switzerland. She received her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics. Her research interests include leadership, voice, and boundary-spanning in multi-team systems. With over 15 years of experience working as a human factors specialist in the field of aviation and health care, she also has a strong motivation to help transfer scientific findings into practice and consults various organizations worldwide on her topics of expertise. Read the abstract

2013 Award Winner

remusIliesRemus Ilies is professor of management and organization at The National University of Singapore. His research focuses on topics such as employee stress and well-being, work-family processes, and leadership and motivation, with a particular interest in understanding the role of emotional processes in explaining outcomes relevant to these research topics. This research has been published in premier scholarly journals, and for his research, Dr. Ilies received numerous awards from organizations such as theAcademy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Read the abstract


 2014-2015 H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow

peterLiPeter 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 ofManagement 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).

Previous H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellows
  Karen Stephenson, Ph.D.
President, NetForm International and Professor of Management – Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management

Jessica Payne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, and Director of the Sleep Stress & Memory (SAM) Lab – University of Notre Dame

Prasad Kaipa, Ph.D.
CEO – Kaipa Group, California

Dharm P.S. Bhawuk, Ph.D.
Professor, Management and Culture and Community Psychology – Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii

Douglas T. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University

Andrew Kakabadse, Ph.D.
Professor, International Management Development – Cranfield University

Ellie Weldon, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – IMD International

Michael Fullan
Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Ontario

Shalom Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology – Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Kathy Kram, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University School of Management

Jay Conger, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – London Business School

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 will be held October 30th-November 2nd in San Diego, CA.

2015 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award Winner

deirdreDixonCCL recently selected Deirdre P. Dixon the 2015 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award winner for her paper “Staying Alive: The Experience of In Extremis Leadership”.

Deirdre served 22 years in the Army. Deirdre was an Airborne Rigger and was stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division. She also served in Iraq where she commanded a Company. After completing the Fuqua School of business at Duke, she taught leadership at West Point. She then returned to Bragg as the XVIII Airborne Corps Parachute Officer. She retired in 2006 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Deirdre transitioned to the civilian world in the Leadership Center of the University of Tampa and worked there for 5 years before she decided to go back to earn her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. She now teaches full time at the University of Tampa, teaching strategic management and leadership at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She routinely speaks to groups and is a consultant for in extremis leadership personnel.

At the University, Deirdre is involved in the Center for Leadership and is in charge of the annual Leadership Summit. She also is involved in the coaching program, where she trains business leaders in the community to mentor MBA students.

Deirdre is involved at the national level as a Director on the West Point Association of Graduates Board. In Tampa she serves on several nonprofit boards, including AUSA where she has been the scholarship chair for 13 years, and was former Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. She also has taught Sunday School at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. She was recently recognized by the Center for Creative Leadership and the International Leadership Association with the Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award. Other community awards include Women of Distinction from American Association of University Women, Paul D. Adams Award from the Association of US Army, Women of Distinction from Girl Scouts of America, West Central Florida, and the Bob Cutler Volunteer of the Year Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Deirdre and her husband Paul have three children, ages 18, 16 and 13.

2016 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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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. He or she receives $1,500 and a trip to the Center to attend the Research Awards Event.

2015 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award Winner

belleraginsDr. Belle Rose Ragins, has been chosen as the 2015 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Award Recipient for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of leadership.

Belle Rose Ragins is a Professor of Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests focus on mentoring, diversity and positive relationships at work. Her work appears in such top-tier outlets as the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Psychological Bulletin. She is co-author of Mentoring and Diversity: An International Perspective, and co-editor of The Handbook of Mentoring at Work andExploring Positive Relationships at Work.

Dr. Ragins has received a number of national awards for her research, including the Sage Life-Time Achievement Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management, the Academy of Management Mentoring Legacy Award, the ASTD Research Award, the Saroj Parasuraman Best Publication Award, and eight other Best Paper Awards from the National Academy of Management.

Belle has over twenty years of experience serving on leading editorial boards, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology. She served as Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review and is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the journal.

Dr. Ragins is an invited member of the Society for Organizational Behavior, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the American Psychological Society (APS), the Society for the Psychology of Women (SPW), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

In addition to her research, she has helped many organizations improve their mentoring and diversity programs. She has worked with JPMorgan-Chase, Rockwell Automation, Miller-Coors Brewing, Andersen Consulting, Quarles & Brady, the Internal Revenue Service, Foley and Lardner, Briggs & Stratton, Dean Foods, Harley Davidson and others. She has also received numerous teaching awards from her university, including the university-wide UWM Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence.

Past Award Winners
  Dr. Soon Ang

  Lynda Gratton

  David V. Day

Dr. Gary Yukl

Dr. Fred E. Fiedler


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 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.

2014 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

johnAntonakisCCL is pleased to announce that John Antonakis has been selected as Leadership Quarterly Award winner for his article, “Instrumental leadership: Measurement and extension of transformational–transactional leadership theory“, published in The Leadership Quarterly (v. 25, pp. 746-771) as the best paper published in 2014.

John Antonakis is of Swiss, Greek, and South-African nationality. He is Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he has previously served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Research. He received his Ph.D. from Walden University in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (specializing in psychometrics of leadership). He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Yale University (focusing on leader development and expertise). Professor Antonakis’ research is currently focused on leadership development, power, personality, and psychometric assessment.

He frequently consults and provides talks, trainings, and workshops to organizations on leadership and human resources issues. His clients have included organizations in various sectors including major banks (e.g., Cantonal Bank of Geneva, Credit Suisse, GE Money Bank), private firms (e.g., INFOSYS, Eli Lilly, Firmenich, Friends Provident, Gunnebo, Kempinski Hotels, Swisscom), government organizations (e.g., European Commission, Federal Department of Finance of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation), international organizations (e.g., International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations Organization), and athletics organizations (e.g., European Athletics Association, International Table Tennis Federation).

He has published in prestigious academic journals such as Science, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Journal, Intelligence, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Management, Harvard Business Review, Personality and Individual Differences, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Organizational Research Methods, among others. He has also published two books: The Nature of Leadership (two editions), and Being There Even When You Are Not: Leading Through Strategy, Structures, and Systems. He has been awarded or directed research funds totaling over $2 million.

Professor Antonakis is currently associate editor of The Leadership Quarterly (and incoming senior editor from 2017) and Organizational Research Methods, and is on the boards of several top academic journals including the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Management. He is a member of several professional associations including the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science. His research is regularly quoted in the international media (press, and radio) and has been showcased on political and science-based TV shows.

Download the 2014 Winning paper abstract. See his recent TEDx talk to get an idea of his latest research on charisma.