A paper co-authored by Professor Wang Zhen of Business School, titled “Let’s choose one of each: Using the partition dependence effect to increase diversity in organizations”, receives both the Saroj Parasuraman Award and the Responsible Research in Management Award.
The Saroj Parasuraman Award is presented by Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) division of AOM to recognize research conducive to organizational diversity. One winner and two runner-ups are selected by the board of reviewers from a pool of 22 potential papers. The above-mentioned paper is a runner-up for the award.
The research, in which Professor Wang Zhen is involved, was published inOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processesin 2020, in collaboration with researchers from Renmin University of China, Curtin University in Australia and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The study focuses on discrimination and minority phenomena in organizations, and proposes a practical strategy to help improve organizational diversity based on seven sets of experiment starting with recruitment and selection. A popular science article based on the study, “Research: A method for overcoming implicit bias when considering job candidates”, was previously published on the official website ofHarvard Business Review. The study was also featured in the Idea Watch section of the November-December 2020 issue ofHarvard Business Reviewwith the title, “A Simple Nudge to Boost Diversity”.
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