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Decade Award Honors Scholarly Influence of Prof’s Research

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Dr. Eric W. K. Tsang (left) received the Academy of Management Review Decade Award from the journal’s editor, Dr. Belle Rose Ragins, at the academy’s annual meeting in August.

The long-lasting impact of Eric W. K. Tsang’s research was recognized at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in August when he was presented a Decade Award honoring the influence of his work.

In January 2005, the Academy of Management Review published “Social Capital, Networks and Knowledge Transfer,” a paper by Tsang, and co-author Andrew C. Inkpen of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Their work examined how personal and organizational relationships affect the diffusion and sharing of business knowledge and resources. Ten years later, the study, referred to more than 2,200 times in other scholarly works, has emerged as the most-cited paper of all that AMR published in 2005.

“Knowledge is unquestionably the most important resource of many organizations,” Tsang said. “How to transfer knowledge effectively from one organization to another is a research topic with far-reaching managerial implications.

“This paper laid the theoretical foundation concerning the influence of social capital characteristics on knowledge transfer in different organizational network types, and thus stimulates subsequent empirical research in this domain. I am glad to see that the paper has contributed to the works of not only management scholars but also scholars from other disciplines.”

Journal Citation Reports, which evaluates scholarly publications, gives AMR top marks for the immediacy, influence and staying power of its articles. In 2014, it was ranked No. 1 among 115 business journals and No. 2 among 185 management journals in terms of both two- and five-year impact factors.

Tsang was at Wayne State University in 2005 when the paper was published; he came to UT Dallas two years later. Now a professor in JSOM’s Organizations, Strategy and International Management Area, he is the Dallas World Salute Distinguished Professor in Global Strategy. His current research interests include organizational learning, strategic alliances, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and philosophical analysis of methodological issues.

Tsang also recently earned the 2015 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Strategic information Systems for “Case Studies and Generalization in Information Systems Research: A Critical Realist Perspective” and was named 2015 best senior editor of Management and Organization Review.

Kris Imherr

Kris Imherr

Kris Imherr, the Jindal School’s communications director, has a BA in English and an MS in journalism. She is proud of them both and happily puts them to use on JSOM’s behalf. She thinks JSOM Perspectives is a great idea and encourages everyone with a point of view and a pencil to contribute.

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