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Aston academic co-authors award winning paper

Dr Ute Stefan

11 November 2014

A prestigious ‘Best Paper’ award was given to an Aston ABS academic by a leading international conference.

The Management Education and Development (MED) division of the Academy of Management presented the ‘Best Paper in Management Education Award’ to Professor Ute Stephan, and her co-authors Paul Balwant and Dr Kamal Birdi of the University of Sheffield. The accolade is awarded annually by the Academy of Management to the work that offers the most significant contribution to management education.

The paper entitled ‘Practice What you Preach: Instructors as Transformational Leaders in Higher Education’ spotlights the importance of lecturer leadership skills for the promotion of student satisfaction and achievement. The work developed a novel measure of transformational leadership in the classroom that allows the assessment and training of lecturers to become better leaders.

It is a fantastic achievement for the Universities involved to have been awarded such a prestigious prize.”

Ute Stephan, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School, says: “It has been a pleasure working with my colleagues from the University of Sheffield and allowing me to be part of this outstanding paper. It is a fantastic achievement for the Universities involved to have been awarded such a prestigious prize.”

The 74th Annual Academy of Management Meeting took place August 1-5 in Philadelphia, USA. The conference is the largest international gathering of management scholars worldwide.

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