Greif Research Impact Award

Prof. James J. Chrisman, Mississippi State University, Prof. Jess H. Chua, University of Calgary, Prof. Allison W. Pearson, Mississippi State University and Prof. Tim Barnett are the recipients of the 2018 Greif Research Impact Award.


The Greif Research Impact Award is a $5,000 annual award given to the researcher(s) who published the most impactful entrepreneurship article six years ago in the top management and entrepreneurship journals. Impact is measured as the number of Social Sciences Citation Index citations in the five years following publication. 

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Winners of the Greif Research Impact Award

James J. Chrisman (Mississippi State University)
Jess H. Chua (University of Calgary)
Allison W. Pearson (Mississippi State University)
Tim Barnett (Mississippi State University)
For their 2012 article "Family Involvement, Family Influence, and Family-Centered Non-Economic Goals in Small Firms," published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Vol. 36, No. 2)

Friederike Welter (IfM Bonn/University of Siegen) 
For her 2011 paper "Contextualizing Entrepreneurship - Conceptual Challenges and Ways Forward," published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Vol. 35, No. 1).

Haiyang Li (Rice University)
Yan Zhang (Rice University)
For their 2010 paper  "Innovation search of new ventures in a technology cluster: The role of ties with service intermediaries," published in the Strategic Management Journal (Vol. 31, No. 1).

Andreas Rauch (University of Groningen)
Johan Wiklund (Syracuse University)
G.Thomas Lumpkin (Syracuse University)
Michael Frese (National University of Singapore)
For their 2009 article "Entrepreneurial Orientation and Business Performance: Assessment of Past Research and Suggestions for the Future," published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, vol. 33(3).

Robert A. Baron (Oklahoma State University) for his 2008 article "The Role of Affect in the Entrepreneurial Process," published in the Academy of Management Review, vol. 33(2).

Luis R. Gómez-Mejía (Texas A&M University), Katalin Takács Haynes (University of Delaware), Manuel Núñez-Nickel (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain), Kathryn J. L. Jacobson (University of New Mexico), and José Moyano-Fuentes (Universidad de Jaén, Spain) for their 2007 article "Socioemotional Wealth and Business Risks in Family-Controlled Firms: Evidence from Spanish Olive Oil Mills," published in Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 52 (1).

Royston Greenwood and Roy Suddaby (University of Alberta) for their 2006 article "Institutional Entrepreneurship in Mature Fields: The Big Five Accounting Firms," published in the Academy of Management Journal, vol. 49 (1)

Ted Baker (North Carolina State University) and Reed Nelson (Southern Illinois University) for their 2005 article "Creating Something from Nothing: Resource Construction through Entrepreneurial Bricolage," published in Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 50(3)

Steve Maguire (McGill University), Cynthia Hardy (University of Melbourne), and Thomas B. Lawrence (Simon Fraser University) for their 2004 article "Institutional entrepreneurship in emerging fields: HIV/AIDS treatment advocacy in Canada," published in the Academy of Management Journal, vol. 47(5)

Per Davidsson (Queensland University of Technology) and Benson Honig (Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics) for their 2003 article "The Role of Social and Human Capital Among Nascent Entrepreneurs," published in the Journal of Business Venturing, vol. 18(3)

Scott Shane (Case Western) and Toby Stuart (Harvard Business School) for their 2002 article "Organizational Endowments and the Performance of University Start-ups," published in Management Science, vol. 48(1)

Raphael Amit (Wharton School) and Christoph Zott (INSEAD) for their 2001 article "Value Creation in E-Business," published in the Strategic Management Journal, vol. 22(6/7)

Award Methodology

The winner of the 2017 Greif Research Impact Award was determined using the following process:

Identification of entrepreneurship articles published in 2011 in the following top management and entrepreneurship journals:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Journal of Business Venturing
  • Management Science
  • Organization Science
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Strategic Management Journal

Articles were identified as entrepreneurship-focused based on a comprehensive review of abstracts by two entrepreneurship scholars. All articles published in Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal were included. Books, book reviews, and commentaries (e.g., special issue introductions, editorials) were excluded.

  1. Year-by-year citation analysis 2012-2016 for the articles using the Social Sciences Citation Index. Self-citations were excluded.
  2. Ranking of articles based on total number of citations (excluding self-citations) over the period 2012-2016.