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Business School academic honoured with Best Paper Award

31 Oct 2012

Professor Stuart McLeay, from the University of Sydney Business School Discipline of Accounting, has been honoured with the Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ) Best Paper Award for 2012.

The award, which is granted annually by the AAAJ editors and advisory board, reflects the quality of the research and analysis provided by Stuart McLeay and the paper's co-authors, Professor Doris Merkl-Davies from the Bangor Business School and Professor Niamh Brennan, Quinn School of Business.

The paper, Impression management and retrospective sense-making in corporate narratives : a social psychology perspective, found that "negative organisational outcomes prompt managers to engage in retrospective sense-making, rather than to present the public image of organisational performance inconsistent with the view held by management".

"It is particularly rewarding to find that the ideas behind a challenging research paper have had an immediate impact," McLeay said about receiving the award. "I enjoy multidisciplinary research. In particular, I like to work on statistical modelling together with colleagues who have other, complementary skills."

The collaboration on the award-winning paper began as part of an international PhD training scheme, underscoring the importance of the Visiting Scholar Program in place at the Business School.

"The Business School's Visiting Scholar scheme is very useful," McLeay said. "Although research grants and training through research programs can pay for the initial investigation and working papers, to get the most out of the dissemination of results, we need schemes like this one."

Reflecting the inter-disciplinary orientation of the AAAJ, the award is named in memory of Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933). The foundation, which bears her name, describes her as "a visionary and pioneering individual in the field of human relations, democratic organisation, and management."