Note from the Research Committee

By Jeff Pollack (Chair)

Each year, the Entrepreneurship Division Research Committee has the pleasure of selecting winners for many of the awards that are presented at the AOM annual meeting. Our aim is to do this through a fair and transparent process that relies on many accomplished and dedicated scholars from across the globe to provide ratings. The Research Committee is currently comprised of more than 30 scholars from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Here are the awards we select:

  1. Emerging Scholar (we choose from a list of all individuals nominated). 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. Nominations for this award come from the Division’s members. In 2020, we had 4 Research Committee members provide ratings for all 13 nominees.
  2. Foundational Paper (we choose from all papers nominated). This award 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. In 2020, for this award, we received ratings from 31 Research Committee members.
  3. Best Papers (i.e., Best empirical paper, Best conceptual paper, Best family business paper, and Best social entrepreneurship paper). We choose from a list of papers that the Program Chair provides based on each paper’s (double-blind) conference reviews and recommendations from reviewers. In 2020, for these awards, we had at least 3 Research Committee members provide ratings in each of the categories.

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 always on the lookout for new ideas and other ways to promote research excellence, so please send us your ideas.

We are also very interested in keeping the committee vibrant, devoted, and diverse, 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 through Jeff Pollack (