Beedie Prof. Nilesh Saraf awarded prestigious research paper honour

Jul 21, 2014
Saraf Nilesh

Beedie School of Business Associate Professor Nilesh Saraf.

A research paper by Beedie School of Business Associate Professor Nilesh Saraf has been recognized as one of the best and most highly cited research papers published in management journals in the last 15 years.

Saraf’s paper, “Assimilation of enterprise systems: the effect of institutional pressures and the mediating role of top management”, was chosen by Emerald Group Publishing for their prestigious Citations of Excellence award.

The annual Citations of Excellence award is traditionally presented to the top 50 papers published in the top 300 management journals in the world. Between them, these journals, which include Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Academy of Management Journal, publish some 15,000 articles each year.

The award rewards authors of exceptional papers covered in the extensive Emerald Management Reviews database. Winners receive an official certificate and logo to display on their work, and past winners have also found the award useful for research funding

Instead of issuing the usual annual award in 2014, Emerald Group Publishing opted to commemorate some of the best and most highly cited Citations of Excellence award winners from the past 15 years. They selected 35 out of the 750 previous winning papers during this period, including Saraf’s study.

“It is a tremendous honour to receive this award for our paper highlighting the complexity of adopting large business software systems,” said Saraf. “Given that award committees typically consider whether an academic paper addresses research questions relevant to practitioners, as well as the extent to which the research has stimulated deeper investigation by other scholars, this award serves as further validation of the research.”

Saraf’s paper, which investigates the assimilation of enterprise systems in the post-implementation period within organizations, previously won the Citations of Excellence award in 2011.

The study was co-authored by Huigang Liang, Yajiong Xue, and Qing Hu, all at Florida Atlantic University at the time of publication, and was published in MIS Quarterly in 2007.

Emerald Management Reviews is a vast database of over a quarter of a million article abstracts, from 1988 to 2013, taken from the top 300 management publications worldwide, as selected by an independent accreditation board of industry experts.

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