York Professor Eleanor Westney of the Schulich School of Business received the 2013 Booz & Co. Eminent Scholar Award last week from the International Management Division of the Academy of Management.
The award recognizes lifetime achievement in international management scholarship. Previous recipients are among the top international business scholars around the globe and include C.K. Prahalad of the University of Michigan.
Before joining Schulich as a professor in organization studies in 2007, Westney was on the faculty of the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management for 25 years, where she held the Sloan Fellows Chair in the Strategy and International Management group.
Her first book, Imitation and Innovation: The Adoption of Western Organizational Forms in Meiji Japan (Harvard University Press, 1987), explored the patterns of cross-border organizational learning, a theme that has continued to be a major focus of her interests.
In addition, she co-edited, with Sumantra Ghoshal, Organization Theory and the Multinational Corporation (Macmillan, 1993; second edition 2005). And, with several of M.I.T. colleagues, she wrote a text on organizational processes, Managing for the Future (Southwestern, third edition 2005).
She has written extensively on Japanese organizations, on the internationalization of research and development, and on institutional theory and multinational enterprise. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and former dean (2008-2011) of the Academy of International Business Fellows.