Two Schulich professors earn Citation of Excellence Awards

Two professors from York University’s Schulich School of Business were recently honoured with prestigious Citation of Excellence Awards. Professor of strategy Dirk Matten and Professor of operations management and information systems Wade Cook have recently bestowed the awards for their 2014 papers in the Emerald Group Publishing journals.

Matten’s paper published in the California Management Review was a critique of the idea of “Creating Shared Value” popularized by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer in the Harvard Business Review.

Wade Cook and Dirk Matten

“It is a great success to see that an article that engages critically with the work of Michael Porter finds such a broad reception,” Matten said. “It also shows how important alternative ways of looking at the responsibility of business in society are and how many researchers are concerned with this topic.”

Cook’s paper published in Omega (United Kingdom) addressed issues related to the use of data envelopment analysis, which is a mathematical methodology for measuring the performance of organizations.

“It is very gratifying to receive this award, as it not only helps to solidify the importance of this decision support tool in terms of its benchmarking capability but as well provides a road map for proper implementation of the tool in the real world,” Cook said.

The selection process was conducted by Emerald Group Publishing editorial experts. The initial review was based on the citations being given to papers published during the previous year. The judging panel also took into account the research content and its relevancy in today’s world.