Chan Hahn Best Paper

The Chan Hahn Best Paper Award is given to the best paper presented as part of the OSCM Division conference program.

Papers for this award are assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Significance of the paper to the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM);
  2. The extent to which the paper is interesting and managerially relevant;
  3. Theoretical contribution to OSCM;
  4. Use of appropriate methodological rigor;
  5. Clarity of writing and/or presentation.

Finalists for the award are selected by the OSCM Division Program Chair based on the ratings and comments received from AOM conference reviewers.

The award winner is then chosen from these finalist papers by an independent committee following a blind review process.

2022 Chan Hahn Best Paper Award

Winner: Go Bold or Go Home: Measuring the Effect of Industry 4.0 Implementation on Firm Performance
Kevin Lau, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany; David Bendig, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany

The award winners Kevin Lau (left ) and David Bendig (right)


Give me a Choice! A Field Experiment on the Performance Effects of Smartwatch-Based Task Assignment
Daniel Kwasnitschka, ETH Zurich; Henrik Franke, ETH Zurich; Torbjørn H. Netland, ETH Zurich

Supply Chain Awareness Increases Revenue Generation in Nonprofits
Sebastian Garcia-Dastugue, Florida International University; Horacio Enrique Rousseau, Florida State University

Pragmatism and Abductive Reasoning in Operations Management: Insights from Design Science
Akhil Bhardwaj, Tilburg University

2022 Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Winner Feature

Congratulations on winning this award! What motivated you to conduct this award-winning research?

We have both been involved with the topic of Industry 4.0 for a long time and also conducted research on this topic during our studies. We observed that although there are some early research results on performance outcomes of Industry 4.0 implementation, many companies are still taking a wait-and-see approach due to unclear returns on Industry 4.0 related investment. This motivated us to take a new methodological approach and study the effect of Industry 4.0 implementation on firm performance.

What is the most interesting outcome of your awarded AOM paper?

Our results show a U-shaped relationship between Industry 4.0 technology adoption and financial firm performance. This serves as an interesting perspective on the ongoing implementation difficulties of Industry 4.0 technology and also gives a renaissance to the so-called productivity paradox – the observation that IT-related investments do not necessarily lead to increased performance.

What are your future plans? How will you continue this work?

After incorporating the helpful feedback we received at the 2022 AOM Annual Meeting, we are currently working on getting the manuscript published in an academic journal. We plan to continue our research in this field and are already working on additional projects investigating outcomes and antecedents of Industry 4.0 technology adoption.

Kevin Lau: Kevin Lau is a doctoral candidate at the School of Business and Economics at the University of Münster, Germany. His research focuses on performance outcomes of Industry 4.0 technology adoption. He publishes his research in leading academic journals (including Journal of Industrial Ecology) and presents his work at leading international conferences. He was recently awarded the OSCM Chan Hahn Best Paper Award at the 2022 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

David Bendig: Professor David Bendig is a full professor at the School of Business and Economics at the University of Münster, Germany. He has received his doctoral degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His areas of research interest include entrepreneurial and operations management, and sustainability. He publishes his research in academic journals (including Journal of Marketing, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Operations Management, and Journal of Business Ethics) and regularly presents his work at leading international conferences.


Past Chan Hahn Best Paper Awards

2021    Yingchao Lan, Deepa Wani, Aravind Chandrasekaran: "Ancillary Cost Implications of Multisiting and Organizational Boundary Spanning During Healthcare"
2020    Veronica Haydee Villena, Miriam Michiko Wilhelm, Chengyong Xiao: "Untangling Drivers for Supplier Environmental and Social Responsibility"
2019    Arunachalam Narayanan, Alan Mackelprang, Manoj Malhotra: "Effect of Capacity and Flexibility Constraints on Bullwhip Effect in Supply Chains"
2018    Siqi Ma, John Aloysius, Li Hao: "Gender Pairing and Cooperative Behavior: An Experimental Study"
2017    Christoph Bode, Maximilian Merath: “Supply Disruption Management: The Early Bird Catches the Worm, but the Second Mouse Gets the Cheese?”
2016    Veronica H. Villena, Li Cheng “The Benefits and Downsides of Common Supply Chain Partners”
2015    Stephanie Eckerd, Sean Handley: “To Err is Human: A Model of Interorganizational Violations and Repair”
2014    John Gray, Sean Handley: “Managing Contract Manufacturer Quality when Product Testability is Low”
2013    Jeremy Kovach, Manpreet Hora: “Firm Performance in Dynamic Environments: The Role of Operational Slack and Operational Flexibility”
2012    John Gray, Gopesh Anand, Aleda Roth: “ISO 9000 as a Best Practice Intervention: An Empirical Examination”
2011    Anand Gopal, Manu Goyal, Serguei Netessine, Matthew Reindorp: “Impact of New Product Introduction on Plant Productivity”
2010    Dayna Simpson: “Organizational Information Gathering and Recycling Performance Outcomes”
2009    Rob Klassen, Markus Biehl: “Toward Assessing Financial Returns from Green Structural and Infrastructural Expenditures”
2008    Mile Terziovski and Shyong Wai Foon (U. of Melbourne)
2007    Xiande Zhao, Baofeng Huo, Jeff Hoi Yan Yeung (Chinese U. Hong Kong), and Barbara B. Flynn (Indiana)
2006    Xingxing Zu, Lawrence Fredendall, Tina Robbins (Clemson U.)
2007    None
2005    Ravi Kathuria (Chapman University)
2004    Adrian Choo (RPI), Kevin Lindermand (Minnesota) and Roger Schroeder (Minnesota)
2003    Mark Pagell (Oregon State) and Daniel Krause (Arizona State)
2002    None
2001    Mark Pagell and Chwen Sheu (Kansas State University)
2000    Morgan Swink and Dongsong Zeng (Michigan State University)
1999    Mohan Tatikonda (UNC) and Stephen Rosenthal (Boston U)
1998    Shaker Zahra (Georgia State University), Anders Nielsen (Aalborg University)
1997    1. Ken Boyer (DePaul University) / 2. Robert D. Klassen (University of Western Ontario) (two awards)
1996    Larry Menor, Aleda Roth and Charlotte Manson (UNC)
1995    Kim Bates (New York University) and Jim Flynn (Iowa State University)