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Award winners will be announced at the Awards Lunch on June 19, 2014.

a. Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award

This award recognizes a senior scholar who has devoted much of his/her career to the study of Chinese management and has made significant contributions to the field in theory, methodology or in explaining the workings of Chinese organizations or organizations in China; who has advanced the field and blazed a path for future researchers; and who has enhanced the visibility of Chinese management research by impacting the broader research community.


Two scholars have won the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award 2014. They are Yadong Luo from the University of Miami and Xueguang Zhou from Stanford University.

Yadong Luo

Dr. Yadong Luo is the Emery M. Findley Distinguished Chair of Graduate Business Studies and Professor of Management at the University of Miami. He is also an elected fellow of Academy of International Business (AIB) and is the international dean of the business school at the Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. His research interests include global corporate strategy, global corporate governance, international joint ventures, and management in emerging economies, among others. Professor Luo’s research record includes seminal pieces on important and timely topics, such as competition in international business, business-government relationships, cross-cultural cooperative strategies, multinational enterprises in emerging markets, and international expansion of emerging market enterprises. Prior to coming to the United States, he was a provincial official in charge of international business in China. He is the recipient of a dozen research and teaching awards at the University of Miami and University of Hawaii where he taught before joining UM, including the Faculty Senate Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009 (first ever by UM business school faculty) and Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research in 1999 (first ever by UH business school faculty). The committee considers Prof. Luo to be arguably the best scholar in the study of Chinese organizations and management. He has made both original contributions as well as syntheses of guanxi and corruption, guanxi and organizational behavior, and guanxi and entrepreneurship. Prof. Luo is influential as measured by an impressively large number of citations.


Xueguang Zhou 

Xueguang Zhou is the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. His main area of research is institutional change in contemporary Chinese society, focusing on Chinese organizations and management, social inequality, and state-society relationships. Prof. Zhou studies state intervention in the area of environmental regulation enforcement, in policy implementation, in bureaucratic bargaining, and in incentive designs. He also studies patterns of career mobility and personnel flow among different government offices to understand intra-organizational relationships in the Chinese bureaucracy. Before joining Stanford in 2006, Zhou taught at Cornell University, Duke University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a guest professor at Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Renmin University of China. He received his PhD in sociology from Stanford University in 1991. The committee found Prof. Zhou to have conducted first-rate research on organizational sociology. He has published pioneering studies of Chinese bureaucracy, government and property rights. He has contributed useful applications of general formulations in economic sociology to the special case of China. His work contributes to both social science research as well as substantive issues of Chinese government and firms.

b. Distinguished Executive Award

This award is for a senior executive who has devoted much of his/her career to the practice of management and is widely recognized for strong leadership with positive firm performance. S/he has high social responsibility in practical management environment and taking concrete actions reflecting concern for the society’s social and natural environments, values learning, and serves as a role model for other leaders.

The winner of the “2014 Distinguished Executive Award” is Mr. MA Weihua, Chairman of Wing Lung Bank, former President of Chinese Merchant Bank (CMB).

Mr. Ma became the president of CMB in 1999. Under his strong leadership, CMB has adhered to its core value “Changing with Your Need, Changing with the Situation”, established the culture of “Innovation and Service”, and implemented the strategy of ”Internet Banking, Capital Marketing and International growth” and two transformations from 1999 to 2013.

CMB has grown with China’s economic progress from a small bank with a capital of RMB 100 million, one branch and over thirty employees into China’s sixth largest commercial bank that has net assets of RMB 117.055 billion, over 700 branches and over 37,000 employees. CMB is now ranking among the world’s top 100 banks and has gradually formed its own business characteristics and advantages.

CMB’s value of “Changing with Your Need” fundamentally shifts the paradigm from product-focus to customer-focus in China’s banking industry.  CMB changes their products and services according to customers’ needs by “a little earlier, a little quicker and a little better” than others to detect the changing needs of the society and customers. 

CMB has been innovating and advancing all the time. CMB constantly innovated products and services, established its brand characteristics. It was the first bank that established a relatively comprehensive online system, took the lead in the retail business, wealth management, credit card, private banking, and extended loan to small and medium enterprises. CMB is a benchmark for many other domestic peers in China.

Mr. Ma holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Jilin University. In 1999, he received the doctor's degree in economics from Southwest University of Finance and Economics. He got the honorary doctorate from the University of Southern California. He also is a senior economist.

Mr. Ma was a deputy to the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) and currently a member of the 11th and 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In addition, he holds high-profile positions in many organizations, including Director of the board of One Foundation, Vice Chairman of China Chamber of International Commerce, Executive Deputy Chairman of China Enterprise Directors Association, Executive Director of China Society for Finance, and President of Shenzhen Soft Science Development Foundation. Dr. Ma teaches as an adjunct professor in several top Chinese universities including Peking University and Tsinghua University. He devote himself more contributions to the society.

Mr. Ma has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to the private sector. He was named “China Economic Person of the Year 2001” by China Central Television (CCTV),one of the “Rising Stars of Banking” by The Banker in 2005, “China Business Leader of the Decade 1999-2009” by CCTV in 2009, In 2010, he received the “Gold Award of Yuan Baohua Enterprise Management”. In 2011, Dr. Ma Weihua was awarded “Shenzhen 30 Years Excellent Quality Leadership Achievement Award” and “Shenzhen 30 Years Industry Leading Character”. He was awarded “Asia’s Best CEO”, “Asia’s Banking Industry Leader”, “Asia’s Best Banking President” and “Asia’s Excellent CEO” by Institutional Investor in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, “Retail Banker of the Year 2008” by The Asian Banker, “Asia’s Best CEO in 2009” by Finance Asia. In July 2012, Dr. Ma was included in the Excellence 50 List of Chinese Listed Companies released by Harvard Business Review, awarded “Chinese Overseas Investment Annual Figure” by CCTV and listed as the fourth place in “China Influence List” released Wall Street Journal. He was also named “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 China Awards”

Mr. Ma has served on multiple international educational and research institutes, social organizations and industry associations. He is now the Chairman of China Business Initiative of Columbia University, member of the Advisory Committee of Emerging Markets of International Institute of Finance, member of the global council of International Finance Forum, member of the Advisory Council of London City, member of advisory board of New York Financial Consulting Committee, member of the VISA Asia-pacific senior advisory committee.

Mr. MA Weihua, with his strong leadership characterized by forward strategic thinking and implementation, truly deserves to be recognized as the recipient of the “2014 Distinguished Executive Award.” The International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) proudly presents this award to him.

c. Wiley-Blackwell Management and Organization Review Young Scholar Award

This award recognizes a young scholar’s contributions to the fields of managerial and organizational research. The award will go to a young author who has published in Management and Organization Review and who is the sole or first author of his/her article.


A Relational View of Organizational Restructuring: The case of transitional China
Ma, Dali, Drexel University, Management and Organization Review, (2012) 8(1): 51-75.

The Rise of SASAC: Asset Management, Ownership Concentration, and Firm Performance in China's Capital Markets
Wang, Junmin, University of Memphis, Guthrie, Douglas, George Washington University, and Xiao, Zhixing, China European International Business School, Management and Organization Review, (2012) 8(2): 253–281.

Institutional Sources of Reform: The Diffusion of Land Banking Systems in China
Zhang, Yanlong, Duke University, Management and Organization Review, (2012) 8(3): 507-533.

d. MOR/PUP Best Paper Award of Chinese Theory of Management

The “theory of Chinese management” approach (adapting imported theories for the Chinese context) and the “Chinese theory of management” approach (developing original theories for the Chinese context) are both necessary and valuable, but we particularly encourage the “Chinese theory of management” approach. It is important for Chinese management researchers to be innovative in their theoretical analysis.

To promote original theorizing to account for management phenomena that are relatively salient in China, Peking University Press (PUP) has set up the MOR/PUP Best Paper Award of Chinese Theory of Management. The award aims to recognize the best paper published in MOR that addresses new research questions, identifies new concepts, and/or develop new theories from the “Chinese theory of management” perspective. The winning paper will be selected from the articles published in MOR in the past two years.



Which Way through the Open Door? Reflections on the Internationalization of Chinese Firms
Boisot, Max, University of Birmingham; and Meyer, Marshall W., University of Pennsylvania, Management and Organization Review, (2008) 4(3): 349-365.

The Internationalization of Chinese firms: A Case for Theoretical Extension?
Child, John, University of Birmingham; and Rodrigues, Suzana B., University of Birmingham, Management and Organization Review¸ (2005) 1(3): 381-410.

Market Transition and the Firm: Institutional Change and Income Inequality in Urban China
Nee, Victor, Cornell University, and Cao, Yang, Cornell University, Management and Organization Review, (2005) 1(1): 23-56.


e. Best Conference Paper Awards

i. Best Conference Macro Paper Award
This award is given to a paper that deals with organizational level issues including strategy, structure, international management, multinational corporations, organizational growth and development, firm-environment relationships, or firm performance, etc.



Resource Dependence, Human Capital, and CEO Compensation during Institutional Transitions
Mike Peng, University of Texas at Dallas, Li Sun, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Livia Markoczy, The University of Texas at Dallas

Dynamic Capabilities and International Strategies: A Focus on Emerging Market Companies
Ping Deng, Cleveland State University, Li Sun, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Yipeng Liu, University of Kent, Vickie Gallagher, Cleveland State University

Innovative Search and Geographic Reach: The Influence of FDI on Catch-up Strategies of Local Firms in Emerging Markets
Jun Xia, University of Texas at Dallas, Jie Wu, University of Macau, Shuaihe Zhuo, University of Macau



ii. Best Conference Micro Paper Award
This award is given to a paper that deals with individual and group level issues within the organizational setting, including topics such as leadership, motivation, conflict, group dynamics, individual attitudes and performance, as well as cross-cultural issues at the individual or group levels, etc.


The Role of Ambicultural Members in Teams: Building Trust for Knowledge Application
Yuan Jiang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Susan Jackson, Rutgers University, Chih-Hsun Chuang, National Chung Hsing University

Delivering Voice in a Subtle Way: Why, When and So What?
George Zhen Xiong Chen, Australian National University, Li Ma, Peking University, Hui Wang, Peking University, Dong Ju, Peking University, Run Ren, Peking University

Give and Take: The Cognitive Process of Leader Member Interaction
Xian Li, National University of Singapore, Zhaoli Song, National University of Singapore, Wu Liu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


iii. Best Student Paper Award
This award is given to a paper written by a student who is the sole author of the paper. Any topic is appropriate as long as the paper shows rigor in conceptualization and methods and contributes to new knowledge.



Learning by Licensing: Technological Catching-up of Latecomer Firms
Zhengyu Li, Tilburg University

Dual-level Transformational Leadership and Team Information Elaboration: The Mediating Role of Relationship Conflict and Moderating Role of Middle Way Thinking
Child Tsai, Nanjing University


iv. Conference Theme Best Paper Award
The Conference Theme Best Paper Award is a new award recognizing a paper that best captures the theme of 2014 Conference "Exploring New Concepts and Theories from Chinese Management".



The Upside and Downside of Local Political Risk: A Study of FDI Location Choice in China
Klaus Meyer, China Europe International Business School, Oliver Rui, China Europe International Business School, Yutao Wang, Central University of Finance and Economics

Social Identities and Political Ties in Emerging Economies during Regime Change
Chi-Nien Chung, National University of Singapore, Hongjin Zhu, McMaster University

Leader Humility and Follower Responses: How Does Status Incongruence Matter
Amy Y. Ou, National University of Singapore, Qin Su, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chia-Yen (Chad) Chiu, The State University of New York at Buffalo, Bradley Owens, Brigham Young University

f. Li Ning Dissertation Grant

The Li Ning Dissertation Grant, sponsored by Li Ning Company, is established to encourage doctoral students to conduct the dissertation research that borrows existing theories, with appropriate contextualization, to analyze Chinese management phenomena, as well as develops context-specific theories to explain unique Chinese management phenomena.

The winners of the 2014 Li-Ning Dissertation Grant:


First Prize Awards:


Chuanjun Deng, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Huifang Li, University of Science and Technology of China

Xin Qin, Peking University

Yonghong Liu, University of Miami

Yu-Yu Chang, National Chung Hsing University


Second Prize Awards:


Feng-Hsia Kao, National Taiwan University

Jianbai Li, Stanford University

Lian Zhou, South China University of Technology

Lin Wu, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Shuwei Hsu, National Taiwan University


g. Conference Best Reviewers

The Conference Best Reviewers award is selected by the program committee based on the quality of the reviews during the review process of the submissions.

Neal Ashkanasy, University of Queensland

Yuanfeng Cai, Xiamen University

Xiao Chen, Tsinghua University

Chih-Chieh Chu, National Taiwan University

Lin Cui, Australian National University

Maris Farquharson, Nottingham University Business School China

Xinhua Guan, Sun Yat-Sen University

Kun Guo, Peking University

Paul Hempel, City University of Hong Kong

Ryan Shuwei Hsu, National Taiwan University

Tae-Yeol Kim, China Europe International Business School

Simon Lam, The University of Hong Kong

Nanfeng Luo, Renmin University of China

Wenhao Luo, Renmin University of China

Xufei Ma, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shenjiang Mo, Sun Yat-Sen University

Qing Qu, Tsinghua University

Wei Shen, Arizona State University

Huibin Shi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Jiwen Song, Renmin University of China

Riki Takeuchi, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Haizhen Wang, Lanzhou University

Ju Wang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Liang Wang, University of San Francisco

Xiaotao Yao, Xi'an Jiaotong University

Shuyang You, Nanjing University

Lu Zheng, Tsinghua University