Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

International recognition for doctoral research in responsible management


Doctoral research addressing grand challenges

ODRA supports the global research community through an award programme that recognises exceptional doctoral research that addresses United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Joint international doctoral award

The award is run in partnership with Emerald Publishing, a leading digital-first publishers, commissioning, curating and showcasing research that can make a real difference. It champions fresh thinking and supports the work of doctoral students whose research on responsible management can create positive impact on a local and global scale.

Judging based on four key criteria

  1. Originality and innovation
  2. Appropriateness and application of the methodology
  3. Quality of data/research
  4. Significance/implications for theory and practice


The winner receives a cash prize of £1,000, a certificate and an interview opportunity on the Emerald website. In addition, the winner can work directly with our partners Editage to create a bespoke engaging research summary. The two award runners-up receive a certificate and a published interview on the Emerald website.


10 October: Deadline for applications


"I am honoured to receive this award. Such an esteemed feedback gives any researcher new impetus on continuing this work with enthusiasm. I am also happy that the evaluators appreciate research beyond mainstream paradigms."

Alexandra Köves
Corvinus University of Budapest

"Together with Emerald, we are delighted to support doctoral graduates in their efforts to advance the management science and make a difference in society. Today, more than ever, it is essential to leverage meaningful and impactful research, and recognise it internationally."

Eric Cornuel
Director General & CEO, EFMD Global


Fostering innovation and excellence in responsible management research


    Get assessed by leading scholars working in the field of management


    Stimulate the future doctoral fellows and inspire research in responsible management


    Receive valuable feedback and communication guidance on your research


    Gain recognition from the global business and management community


    Scoop a cash prize of £1,000, awarded to the winning research



We champion the work of those who share our goal of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working. We offer a prize and two runners up prizes for the best doctoral research from the last three years that address areas related to responsible management.


Submit now if your doctoral research covers any of the following areas that contribute to a more responsible world:

  • Responsible leadership

  • UN SDG-related issues for responsibility

  • Food poverty and security

  • Sustainable supply chains

  • CSR and greenwashing

  • Reducing inequality

  • Responsible and ethical marketing

  • Innovative responsible management

  • Social responsibility

  • Responsible economics

  • Curriculum development in responsible management

  • Responsible management knowledge transfer partnerships

You don’t need to submit your full thesis to enter, but you need to succinctly summarise the most important parts of your research.

More information is available at the Emerald website


To be eligible for the awards, the research must address an issue that is of importance to one of the subject areas listed.

The awards are open to those who have been awarded PhD following completion of viva (thesis defence) and received formal result from institution's awards registry between 15 Jan 2020 and 28 February 2023, and have not applied previously for one of these awards.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

1.      Originality and innovation.
2.      Appropriateness and application of the methodology.
3.      Quality of data/research.
4.      Significance/implications for theory and practice.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. If suitable, the winner and authors of highly commended dissertations will be invited to submit a paper, sole or co-authored, from their research within six months of winning.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final. Due to a large number of submissions, applicants will not receive any feedback.


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