2021 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Results
It is my pleasure to announce the results of this year's INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. The eight finalists were selected out of a group of nearly 100 submissions based on evaluations by blind reviewers. Finalists presented their dissertation proposals to a distinguished panel of judges during the INFORMS Annual Conference this weekend. All of the finalists did an outstanding job of presenting their proposals and the judges had the unenviable task of selecting a winner and runner-up(s) based on quality, potential contribution, and innovativeness.
Before I announce the winner and runner-ups, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the panel of judges. Each judge generously volunteered their time for the competition and provided the finalists with feedback on their dissertations. This year's panel of judges included:
Mabel Abraham, Columbia Business School
Nick Argyres, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Steve Barley, University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Engineering
Jenny Chatman, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Ming Leung, University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School Of Business
Jennifer Petriglieri, INSEAD
Jennifer Whitson, University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management
Lori Yue, Columbia Business School
Without further ado, please see the competition results below. If you know the winner, runner-ups, and / or finalists, please congratulate them for this significant accomplishment.
The winner of the 2021 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition is:
Rebecca Ponce De Leon
Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
"'Invisible' Discrimination: The Paradoxical Effects of Non-Prototypicality for Black Women"
The runner-ups of the 2021 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition (listed alphabetically) are:
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
"From Covert Action to Overt Activism: The Evolution of Corporate Sociopolitical Involvement"
University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
"Cognitive Microfoundations of Industry Foresight and Strategic Commitments: Evidence Within The Global Automotive Industry"
The remaining finalists for the 2021 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition were:
University of Washington, Foster School of Business
"Organizational Cultures of Guilt & Shame: Systems of Social Control"
McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business
"Autonomy Paradox in Platform Work: A Sociomaterial Perspective on the Work of Instagram Content Creators"
Texas A&M University, Mays Business School
"Beyond 'Do Better, Try Harder': A Grounded Exploration Of How Employees Evaluate And Respond To Allyship Failure"
Boston College, Carroll School of Management
"Relational Emotional Processing Following Traumatic Events in Life-And-Death Work"
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
"How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Work and Professions: The Case of Medical Trainees in China"
Finally, I would like to thank Gautam Ahuja, Editor-in-Chief of Organization Science, Chris Asher, Managing Editor of Organization Science, and Machelle Zellers, Peer Review Administrator at Organization Science, for the tremendous amount of help and support they provided in managing the proposal review and competition process.
All my best,