About the Research Committee

By Jill Kickul (Chair)

The Entrepreneurship Division Research Committee performs a large, important, and often thankless job. Each year, the Research Committee selects winners for many of the awards that are presented at the AOM annual meeting, and it does so using fair and transparent processes involving many accomplished and dedicated scholars from across the globe.

The Research Committee evaluates all of the papers that are submitted to the annual AOM conference and nominated by the Program Chair for any of the annual best-paper awards, which include: (1) Best empirical paper, (2) Best conceptual paper, (3) Best family business paper, and (4) Best social entrepreneurship paper. The Program Chair nominates papers for different awards based on each paper’s (double-blind) conference reviews and recommendations from reviewers. The Research Committee also selects the winner of the Foundational paper award, which honors a paper that has powerfully and positively changed the conversation in the field of entrepreneurship for at least a decade. Nominations for this award come from the Division’s members. Finally, the Research Committee reviews the nomination letters and application portfolios of those scholars nominated for the Emerging Scholars award. This award is sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and is given to scholars who demonstrate an emerging record of scholarship that has the potential to make innovative and impactful contributions to entrepreneurship research.

For each award, the award criteria and the nomination materials are distributed randomly among the members of the Research Committee, which is comprised of 45 accomplished scholars from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Every nominated paper receives at least six evaluations from Research Committee members, and their assessments are tabulated by the Research Committee Chair(s) to determine the winners. With the exception of the Foundational paper and the Emerging Scholar award, both of which involve published material, all authorship information is withheld from the committee.

In addition to recognizing research excellence and impact, the committee considers new initiatives to support researchers and promote quality entrepreneurship research. Regular initiatives include sponsoring PDW sessions on topics that can enable and advance future research. We also summarize and promote award-winning and other selected research papers on the Division’s website and NewsBlast. We are constantly on the lookout for new ideas and other means to promote research excellence, so please send us your ideas.

We are also very interested in keeping the committee fresh and vibrant, and therefore look forward to recruiting new members each year. Membership on the Research Committee involves a 3-year commitment. Thus, if you have an established record of publishing high-quality entrepreneurship research and journal reviewing experience and are interested in contributing to the Research Committee, please reach out to us at