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Business School researcher wins global acclaim for scholarly excellence

22 Aug 2012

The work of Dr Paul Spee, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sydney Business School, has been recognised for its "scholarly excellence" by the world's leading experts in management and organisational studies.

Dr Spee, who is attached to the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, was awarded the Best Paper Prize in the Strategizing Activities and Practice Division at the recent annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM).

The paper, co-authored with Professor Paula Jarzabkowski and Dr Michael Smets of the Aston Business School in Birmingham, looked at how the rituals of reinsurance underwriters enhance their judgement of risk, helping them to avoid an over reliance on complex modelling that has plagued the banking industry.

The AoM meeting in Boston was attended by more than 10,000 delegates.

Dr Spee had earlier won the inaugural Journal of Ethnography at European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) conference, Europe's leading organisational theory gathering, which took place this year in Helsinki and was attended by some 5,000 delegates.

The EGOS award recognised the way that Dr Spee's innovative study of the global reinsurance industry extended the field of ethnography. His award winning paper was co-authored with Aston's Professor Jarzabkowski, Dr Burke and Dr Smets.

"Each of these awards represents a highly significant achievement by Dr Spee, combined they represent a great deal more," commented Associate Professor Bradon Ellem, Chair of the Business School's Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.