Best Student Paper

The Best Student Paper Award is given to the best paper presented as part of the OSCM conference program with a student as the leading author.

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.

2023 Best Student Paper

Winner: Impact of Blockchain-driven Sustainable Supply Chain Transparency on Buyer’s Supplier Selection
Sukrit Vinayavekhin (Bayes Business School, UK) Aneesh Banerjee (City University London, UK), Feng Li (Bayes Business School, UK)


How Performance Measurement Systems Enable or Constrain Organizational Ambidexterity

Pietro Micheli, University of Warwick;  Daniella Badu, Warwick Business School


Circular Supply Chain Stakeholder Mapping for Blockchain Governance of Lithium-ion Battery Safety

Zhuowen Chen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Joseph Sarkis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute;

Yan Wang, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Abdullah Yildizbasi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


There is no I in “Team”: Learning from Team Success and Failure for Retail Performance Improvement

Klumpp Matthias, Politecnico Di Milano, School of Management; Maik Hammerschmidt, University of Goettingen; Dominic Loske, U. of Göttingen


2022 Best Student Paper Winner Feature

Congratulations on winning this award, Sukrit and team! What motivated you to conduct this award-winning research?

In the second year of my PhD, I attended several research seminars at my school - Bayes Business School, and one of them included a captivating research presentation by Veronica. Additionally, I came across a thought-provoking paper by Sodhi and Tang (2019) on supply chain transparency. It was truly surprising to realise just how little we knew about our upstream supply chains. My curiosity in exploring this topic, along with the expertise of my supervisors - Feng in digital technologies, and Aneesh in choice-based conjoint experiments - led to the finalisation of our research plan.

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

Our paper investigated buyers’ preference for sustainability information disclosed by suppliers using the blockchain. We found that buyers are concerned with sustainability signals from suppliers and are willing to pay a price premium. Besides, buyers expect blockchains to increase supply chain transparency, but we do not find a significantly higher willingness to pay for information from blockchain platforms. Overall, buyers prioritise information on products over processes and sourcing networks, while the immutability and update frequency of information, which are the key features of blockchain technologies, received less attention. 

What are your future plans? Will you continue this work?

We are submitting this paper to a prominent journal in the field, and hopefully, we will have it published soon. As our next steps, we are concurrently pursuing two directions. The first direction involves collaborating with industry leaders to translate these findings into practical actions. The second direction is to build on this paper, which originally focused on buyers' perspectives, by incorporating suppliers' perspectives. We are now working on another paper, focusing on how supply chain characteristics influence suppliers’ decision-making processes when implementing digital technologies to enhance supply chain sustainability.

Past Best Student Paper Awards

2022   Emily C. Dickey, Prisca Brosi, Jan C. Fransoo: Developing and Implementing Business Ecosystem Strategies - A Performance Measurement Perspective

2021    Gurpreet Muctor: "Developing and Implementing Business Ecosystem Strategies - A Performance Measurement Perspective"
2020    Antoaneta Momcheva: "Subcontracted Labor Mix in Projects Teams: The Benefits and Costs on Financial Performance"
2019    Park Sinchaisri: "The Impact of Behavioral and Economic Drivers on Gig Economy Workers"
2018    Stefan Kurpjuweit: "Partnering with New Venture Suppliers: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach"
2017    James Knuckles, ManMohan Sodhi: “A Multiple Case Study of Development Supply Chains for Household Solar Products Sold in Haiti”
2016    Sina Golara, Kevin Dooley: “The Influence of Manufacturing Services on Innovation”
2015    Desirée van Dun, Celeste Wilderom: “Governing Highly Performing Lean Team Behaviors: A Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Study”
2014    Luv Sharma, Aravind Chandrasakeran, Ken Boyer: “The Impact of Hospital Information Technology Bundles on Performance: an Econometric Study”
2013    Marcus Bellamy, Soumen Ghosh, Manpreet Hora: “Supply network structure and firm innovation”
2012    Brett Massimino, John Gray: “The Effect of Culture and Cultural Distance on Plant-Level Process Compliance”
2011    Claire Senot, Aravind Chandrasekaran, Ken Boyer
2010    Heng Liu, Yi Liu, Yuan Li
2009    Pekka Helkio, Antti Tenhiala: “Beyond the Product-Process Matrix: Fit between Production Process Specificity and Task Environment”
2008    Bart van Hezewijk (RSM Erasmus U.)
2007    Anant Ravindra Deshpande (UT Pan American)
2006    None
2005    Andrea McGee Prud’homme (MSU), Ken Boyer (MSU), Roger Calantone (MSU)
2004    Gopesh Anand (OSU)
2003    Murat Kristal (UNC), Aleda Roth (UNC) and Jayashankar Swaminathan