We are happy to share with you that a paper by Benjamin Bader and Tassilo Schuster was nominated for the Academy of Management (AOM) IM Division Best Paper in OB / HRM / OT Award. This award is presented to the best scholarly paper of the IM Division focusing on Organizational Behavior / Human Resource Management / Organization Theory at the Academy of Management annual meeting. A plaque and cash prize of $500 is awarded to the author(s) of the winning paper. The IM Division Program Chair selects a set of 4-5 finalists, and the IM Division Research Committee selects the winning paper through a blind review of these shortlisted papers.
This nomination recognizes their work and makes it one of the best manuscripts, which was submitted for this year’s AOM Meeting in Anaheim (California). In their paper “Opening the Black Box: Social Support and Expatriate Social Networks in Low and High Risk Countries” they examine the influence of social networks of expatriates on their job satisfaction. They took Social Network Theory and Social Support Theory to explain how different characteristics of social networks were related to support of expatriated and how this influenced their individual job satisfaction. In contrast to prior research, Bader and Schuster were the first to empirically test this relation and take different aspects of social support into consideration. At the same time the authors included the important aspect of danger due terrorism of the host country. Their research showed differences and high context dependency regarding the different social support functions. Their results pave the way for new future research and directions in management research.