Accounting associate professor wins international award for outstanding paper

June 11, 2013 | News, Research, UToday, Business and Innovation
By Bob Mackowiak



Dr. Hassan R. HassabElnaby, an associate professor in the Department of Accounting in the UT College of Business and Innovation, has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013 for his article, “The Impact of Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation on Organizational Capabilities and Firm Performance.”

He authored the paper, which was published in Benchmarking: The International Journal, Vol. 19, 2012, with David W. Hwang, Bowling Green State University, and Dr. Mark A Vonderembse, professor and chair of the UT Finance Department.

The paper examines the mediating effect of business strategy and organizational capabilities on the relationship between enterprise resource planning implementation and firm performance. The paper finds that this implementation has a positive impact when a firm employs a prospector business strategy, which enhances the firm’s ability to achieve organizational capabilities and enables the firm to achieve higher levels of financial performance.

“I am so happy to receive this research award,” HassabElnaby said. “The fact that the paper has been chosen by eminent researchers and practitioners speaks to the potential impact of this research and its ability to bridge the gap between research and practice. This is an interdisciplinary paper that is based on organizational theories, accounting and information systems knowledge.

“I was concerned about how this paper will be received because of its interdisciplinary nature,” he added. “However, the award provides a testimony that high-quality research matters regardless of its nature. It is my personal belief that in a very complicated world the most significant way to advance knowledge is interdisciplinary research. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with a great researcher like Professor Mark Vonderembse and our then-doctoral student, David W. Hwang.”

Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of nearly 300 journals and more than 2,000 books and book series volumes, as well as provides an extensive range of online products, customer resources and services. Emerald has customers in more than 130 countries and contributors in some 205 countries.

The outstanding paper honors form the backbone of the Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Each journal published by Emerald is invited to select a winner of the Outstanding Paper Award and up to three Highly Commended Awards from the previous year’s volume. The outstanding paper is chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s editorial team, many of whom are leading academics or managers.

According to the award selection team, the paper by HassabElnaby, Vonderembse and Hwang was chosen as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2012.

The award will be presented at an upcoming conference.