Michigan ahead of Wharton in the Best Paper Award Innovation Management 2013

Best Paper Award Innovation Management 2013

The team made up of Gautam Ahuja (University of Michigan), Curba Morris Lampert (Florida International University) and Elena Novelli (City University London) is the winner of this year's Best Paper Award Innovation Management, albeit by a very thin margin. The research team from the USA and UK was presented with the prize, which was awarded for the eighth time by the Strascheg Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIIE) at EBS Universität and MikroFORUM, the high technology park in Wendelsheim, for its paper "The second face of appropriability: Generative appropriability and its determinants", that was published in the Academy of Management Review. The winning team received prize money amounting to 2,500 euros.

The second prize worth 1,500 euros went to Rahul Kapoor (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) and Ron Adner (Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College) for their paper on the topic "What firms make vs. what they know: How firms' production and knowledge boundaries affect competitive advantage in the face of an technological change". The article appeared in the journal Organization Science.

Jonatan Pinkse (Grenoble Ecole de Management), René Bohnsack and Ans Kolk (University of Amsterdam Business School) were awarded third prize and 1,000 euros in prize money for their paper "The role of public and private protection in disruptive innovation: The automotive industry and the emergence of low-emission vehicles", which was published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

"We have never before received so many entries from the international community, characterized at the same time by high academic quality and practical relevance", said a delighted Professor Florian Täube from the Strascheg Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at EBS Universität and Academic Director of the Best Paper Award during the award ceremony. "The very positive response underlines the standing and importance our award has gained in the national and international research community since it was initiated eight years ago. With this award we aim to further promote the exchange between the science and business communities and establish the topic of innovation management within companies. We are especially pleased that professors from such renowned universities and business schools as Michigan and Wharton, or last year MIT, have travelled from the USA for our final event."

Researchers from Europe and the USA submitted more than 40 research papers on the subject of innovation management to the Best Paper Award that has been under the patronage of Deutsche Bank since 2011. The award honours outstanding research work on economics and business studies issues, which deal with innovation and technology management from a practice-relevant perspective. Award criteria are the level of innovation and market or application suitability.

The three finalists presented their research work to an expert jury during the final on 26 June at the MikroFORUM high technology park in Wendelsheim. Afterwards the jury consisting of scientists and practitioners handed over the award to the winning team.

Jury members:
Dr Andreas Brokemper, Christian M. Schmahl, Professor Andreas Wald, Marc Launer, Thomas Hasselbach, Dr Lutz Rumkorf, Axel Stetenfeld, Professor Ronald Gleich and Professor Florian Täube.

The Best Paper Award 2013 is sponsored by:
MikroFORUM Hochtechnologiepark Wendelsheim GmbH, DPD Dynamic Parcel Distribution GmbH & Co KG, Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG, Aareon AG, Jeppesen GmbH.