2021 Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards winner

Outstanding Doctoral research award 2021

EFMD and Emerald Publishing are delighted to announce the winner of the 2021 Emerald – EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (ODRA) – an awards scheme designed to recognise exceptional doctoral research in responsible management that addresses United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are an urgent call for action to everyone to achieve a better and more ethical, responsible, and sustainable future for us all.

‘On behalf of EFMD, I would like to warmly congratulate the winner and the two highly commended research authors who scooped the top prizes in the 2021 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. These dissertations set examples of research that fosters responsible management that positively impacts society,’ commented Eric Cornuel, President of EFMD Global.


Alfonso Hernandez-Vivanco
University of Barcelona
PhD obtained at: University of Barcelona
Thesis title: Understanding Innovation within the context of the Integration of Management Systems

‘I am thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2021. It really means a lot to me, not only because of the prestigious international recognition that it represents, but also because I hope my work contributes to building a more sustainable society. I am deeply grateful to Emerald Publishing, EFMD, and the judging panel for choosing to reward my research.

Special thanks to my supervisors Dr. Merce Bernardo and Dr. Claudio Cruz-Cázares of the University of Barcelona for their guidance and support. I also thank Dr. Paulo Sampaio of University of Minho for receiving me in his team for my PhD international stay.’

Highly Commended

Amer Jazairy
Texas A&M University
PhD obtained at: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Gävle
Thesis title: Engaging in green logistics: An eye on shippers, logistics service providers, and their interactions

‘It is a great honour to have my doctoral dissertation recognised as a highly commended winner of the 2021 Emerald and EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the field of Sustainable Supply Chain Management.

I am grateful to my supervisors Prof. Lars Bengtsson, Dr. Robin von Haartman and Dr. Andreas Feldmann for their unwavering support during my doctoral journey. My appreciation extends to Emerald Publishing and EFMD Global for recognising the contribution of my research to responsible management and sustainable development goals.’

Leandro Nardi
HEC Paris
PhD obtained at: Insper Institute of Education and Research
Thesis: The Rise of Impact-Oriented Strategies: Value Creation and Socio-Environmental Firm-Level Goals

‘I am thrilled to receive an award that highlights research contributions to the SDGs! As a scholar, I hope that interest in nonfinancial performance, social impact and grand societal challenges continues to grow among researchers and practitioners in business and management.

Many thanks to Emerald and EMFD for recognising my work, and to all my mentors and coauthors for their guidance and support!’

To be eligible for the awards, the research must address an issue that is of importance to one of the subject areas:

  • Food poverty and security
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • CSR and greenwashing
  • Reducing inequality
  • Responsible and ethical marketing
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Innovation and digital economy
  • Social responsibility
  • Responsible economics

Editors and other senior journal stakeholders were this year’s judges, choosing the winning papers based on the significance/implications for theory and practice; originality and innovation; appropriateness and application of methodology; and the quality of the data/research.

Eric Cornuel, added, ‘We have been delighted to collaborate with Emerald Publishing to run the Award, whose new focus encourages and recognises excellence in scholarly output that brings a real change to the world.’

More information on the Emerald and EFMD Doctoral Research Awards