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In recognition of IACMR’s mission, we wish to confer awards for excellence in Chinese management research. These awards will be made at the 2010 Bi-Annual Conference in Shanghai, China (June 16-20, 2010).

a. Distinguished Research 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.

Call for Nominations
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 30, 2009

The winner of the 2010 Distinguished Research Contribution Award is Professor Nan Lin, Duke University.

Professor Nan Lin is a professor of sociology and the Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology of the Trinity College, Duke University. He received his doctorate degree at Michigan State University and previously taught at Johns Hopkins University and the State University of New York at Albany. His academic interests, for more than four decades, have focused on social networks, social support and social capital. He has made efforts to construct theories, devise measurements and conduct empirical research in each research arena. Empirically, he has applied these theories and measurements to the studies of social stratification and mobility, stress and coping, and individual, organization and community well-being. He has conducted research in the United States, Central America, Haiti, and Chinese societies (mainland China and Taiwan). He has employed both quantitative (large-scale national surveys, and surveys in organizations and communities) and qualitative (intensive long-term observations in villages, for example) methods. He has authored or edited eleven books (including Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action, 2001, Cambridge University Press), forty book chapters and numerous journal articles.

For the past twenty years, he has made a concerted effort to establish a research paradigm on social capital – with integrated theory-measurement-empirical approach. He is currently working on four research programs about China: (1) social capital in three societies (China, Taiwan and the United States), (2) social capital in organizations in China (interview data from 194 work units and 526 position occupants and their supervisors in these work units), (3) Chinese capitalism (a centrally managed capitalism), (4) civil society in China (Cybernetworks and home owners associations).

He has received several honors and awards. He is an academician at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and a past Vice President of the American Sociological Association. Recently he delivered the Fei Xiao-tong Memorial Lecture, at Peking University ( 2008), was honored at the “Re-construction and Development of Sociology in China and Nan Lin’s Intellectual Thoughts,” at Tsinghua University (2008), and gave the Famous Foreign Lectures at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS), the Netherlands (2006). He holds an honorary doctorate degree from the National Chengchi University and distinguished visiting or honorary professorships at many Chinese universities and institutes (including Nankai University, Renmin University, Fudan University, Peking University, Academia Sinica, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jilin University, Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences). Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Sociology at SUNY-Albany and Director, the Asian-Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University.

b. 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.

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Balanced versus Unbalanced Psychological Contracts in Temporary and Permanent Employment: Association with Employee Attitudes, Jeroen de Jong, Tilburg University, René Schalk, Tilburg University, Nele de Cuyper, K.U., Leuven (in MOR 5.3)

Principal-Principal Conflict in the Governance of the Chinese Public Corporation, Yiyi Su, Peking University, Dean Xu, The University of Hong Kong, Phillip H. Phan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (in MOR 4.1)

Employment and Market Innovation in Chinese Business Group Affiliated Firms: The Role of Group Control Systems, Robert E. White, Arizona State University, Robert E. Hoskisson, Arizona State University, Daphne W. Yiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Garry D. Bruton, Texas Christian University (in MOR 4.2)

c. 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; and that values learning, and serves as a role model for other leaders.

Call for Nominations
Nomination Deadline: Feb. 15, 2010

The Distinguished Executive Award Committee is pleased to announce that the 2010 Award will be presented to Mr. Lejiang Xu, Chairman of Baosteel Group Corporation, in the Award Presentation ceremony at 5.00 p.m., Wednesday the 16th of June 2010, at the Grand Ballroom, Huating Hotel, Shanghai.

Mr. Xu will receive the Award in person and will present an acceptance speech to the gathering.

The Award recipient – A brief biography

Mr. Lejiang Xu, Chairman of Baosteel Group Corporation, professor-level senior engineer.

Mr. Xu has extensive managerial expertise in the steel industry, joining Baosteel in 1982 and successively holding the posts of Assistant to the Head of Blooming Plant, Deputy Head, Head of Cold-rolling Plant and Assistant to the President of Shanghai Baosteel, Vice President, Executive Vice President of Baosteel (Group) Corporation, Director, Vice President and President of Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation, and Director and President of Baosteel Group Corporation. He was Director of the First and Second Board of Directors and Chairman of the Third and Fourth Board of Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. He has been Chairman of Baosteel Group Corporation since January 2007.

Mr. Xu graduated from Jiangxi Metallurgy Institute in 1982 and went to West Virginia University, U.S.A. for further studies from 1995 to 1996. He received his MBA degree from the joint MBA program of Fudan University and the University of Hong Kong in 2000.

The Award criteria

The Award Committee used the following criteria to determine who would be granted the Award, chosen from a short list of nominated individuals:

  1. A leader who has devoted much of his or her career to the practice of management and who is widely recognized for strong leadership with positive firm performance.
  2. A leader who has high social responsibility as shown by providing a positive work environment for employees, producing high quality products and services for customers, and taking concrete actions reflecting concerns for the society’s social and natural environments.
  3. A leader who values learning, seeks self-improvement, and encourages employee and organizational development.
  4. A leader who serves as a role model for other leaders in his or her industry and who has a significant influence on other leaders within the Chinese context.

The recipient as a “Distinguished Executive” – A snapshot

Mr. Xu exemplifies leadership qualities that distinguish him as a management practitioner in the turbulent economic times that confront all of us today.

  1. Mr. Xu is a strong business leader. Within weeks of the economic crisis that recently hit the world, and China was no exception, the Baosteel Group experienced the largest crises in the history of the company. With large unexpected cancellations of orders from customers while inventories and raw materials worth billions accumulated along the production lines, the situation called for some immediate and appropriate management actions. Mr. Xu and his team moved quickly to keep production afloat. The change management program he initiated throughout the organization demanded strong leadership which Mr. Xu demonstrated. In difficult times, he got closer to his customers and worked out business solutions, moved closer to his associates to understand their problems, worked longer hours, cut his own salary by 20%, and boosted morale among his co-workers who had only previously read about recessions in books, now facing the realities. In 2009, Baosteel returned to profitability from huge losses in 2008. Indeed, it met 157.6% of its annual targets.
  2. Mr. Xu is a socially concerned manager. He led Baosteel to become one of the most respected organizations in the industry in the aspect of social and environmental sustainability, not only in China but in the world. In supporting one the company’s core values, social and environmental programs have been implemented with organization-wide and stringent measures, a sign of the level of seriousness that management places on these values. In 2007, the Baosteel Education Fund honored 773 professors and students from 82 universities, donated RMB500 million to the China Environmental Protection Fund, and continued its support of Baoshan community development.
  3. Mr. Xu values learning and innovation. Under his leadership, learning and innovations characterize Baosteel. Having successfully introduced R & D innovations in the manufacturing processes, the company has now become a dominant player (with over 50% market share) in specialty steel production that were formerly reliant on imports. Baosteel has also excelled in supplying specialty metal to the auto industry. Mr. Xu believes that differentiation is the answer to the problem of oversupply in the industry and he leads the corporation to create innovative products and services. In the past four years, Baosteel has generated 739 technological innovations.
  4. Mr. Xu is a role model for many. His extraordinary management performance has been well recognized by the numerous awards he has received over the years, including “National Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award”, “Shanghai Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs Award”, “Gold Eagle Award”, “Excellent Leader in Quality Management Award”, among others.
This statement by the nominator best captures the well-rounded leadership of Mr. Xu: “I have witnessed many senior executives in action and through my teaching in China since 1997. Many of them are impressive and world class in their accomplishment. However, Mr. Xu ranks the top of my list for making all of those around him better! Through my interactions with him, I learned and witnessed ‘The Practice of Management’ as so well articulated by Peter Drucker”.

It is Mr. Lejiang Xu’s special brand of technical – business – human leadership that makes clear that he truly deserves to be recognized as the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Executive Award, to be proudly presented to him by the International Association for Chinese Management Research.

d. 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.


Domestic Diversification, Top Management Teams and International Expansion of Firms from Emerging Markets , Jiangyong Lu, Peking University, Xiaohui Liu, Loughborough University, Igor Filatotchev, City University London, Mike Wright, Nottingham University

The Impact of Identity Focus on Network Dynamics in the Hong Kong Film Industry,1970-1997, Yi Tang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Portfolio of Political Ties and Expansion of Business Groups in Emerging Economies, Hongjin Zhu, McMaster University, Chi-Nien Chung, National University of Singapore

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.


Coping with Workplace Ostracism: The Roles of Ingratiation and Political Skill in Employee Psychological Distress, Long-Zeng Wu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Ho Kwong Kwan, Drexel University, Frederick Hong-kit Yim, Hong Kong Baptist University, Xiaomeng Zhang, American University

The Effects of Person-job Fit, Emotional Labor, and Social Desirability on Psychological Well-being and Service Quality, Wing Lam, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ziguang Chen, City University of Hong Kong, Yuanyuan Huo, City University of Hong Kong

The Janus Face of Paternalistic Leadership, Simon Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Xu Huang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ed Snape, Hong Kong Baptist University, Catherine Lam, 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.


Interpersonal Affect, Formal Hierarchy, and Task-related Ties in a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise, Xiao Chen, University of Toronto

The Role of Locational Flexibility in Location Choice of FDI, Shengsheng Huang, Rutgers University

The Substance and Symbolism of Restructuring: A Nested Institution View, Pengji Wang, National University of Singapore

e. 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.

Below is the list of students who win the Li Ning Grant:

Scholar Name University Affiliation
Dong Liu University of Washington
Xiao Chen Peking University
Yi Ou Arizona State University
Shanshan Qiu University of California, Irvine
Zhao Jun Huazhong University of Science and Technology 
Zhiyu Cui Fudan University
Qian Gu National University of Singapore
Xinhui Jiang Chinese Academy of Sciences
Judy Yi Sun University of Texas at Tyler
Katie Ka Yee Lau Australian National University Advisor
Yuanjie Ba University Ramon Llull

f. Conference Best Reviewers

The English Program
  • Siu Yin Sally Cheung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Carolyn Egri, Simon Fraser University
  • Lori Yue, Columbia University
  • Michael Miles, University of Ottawa

China Forum
  • Xinwen Bai, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Li Ma, Peking University
  • Xiaotao Yao, Xi'An Jiaotong University
  • Kefei Ma, Peking University

To see previous awards winners, awards committees and other detailed information, please go to the IACMR’s website: