LAWRENCE — Two researchers at the University of Kansas School of Business earned top honors this month at the Academy of Management annual meeting. Assistant professors Minyoung Kim and Kristie Rogers won best paper awards for their individual research.
Kim won the Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award from the international management division. His research in international business discussed barriers to imitation.
“This study extends traditional views and shows that international business can help a firm not only create but also sustain its competitive advantage by limiting or preventing imitation from competitors,” he said. “The research findings suggest that if managers have a clear understanding of these two aspects of international business, they can gain more from their investments by simultaneously increasing the size of the pie and their slice of it.”
Colleague Kristie Rogers won the best paper award from the management and organization cognition division, and she was a top-three finalist for the William H. Newman Award for the academy-wide best paper based on a dissertation.
Rogers’ research explored respect. She observed and interviewed female prison inmates in Arizona who were employed by a business-to-business marketing company.
“Some of them have never worked even a remotely professional job before,” Rogers said. She saw the way this company was able to change these women’s lives. “The neat thing was that feeling valued and receiving this respect changed the way that they saw themselves. So it helped them feel validated not only in their social identities as part of the company but also in their personal identities that ‘I am a competent woman and I am a professional person.’ And this allowed for them to get comfortable in a way that they created a new identity for themselves.”
“These research products have been been judged by their peers as being of very high quality,” Ron Ash, KU management area director, said, “so they are very likely to be published in tier-one journals.”
Ash said these awards are good indicators of future success for Kim and Rogers. “They’re very new in the program, but these are very good indicators that they are going to be top-notch researchers, so we’re very pleased with their success.”
The Academy of Management is the primary academic organization for management-area faculty. Its annual meeting was Aug. 9-13 in Orlando, Fla.