Celebrating the Best in Research

The Center for Creative Leadership sponsors awards to stimulate outstanding field research and its creative application to the practice of leadership.

H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow

2020-2021 H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow

Bernardo FerdmanBernardo M. Ferdman, Ph.D. will serve as the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL®) H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow for 2020.

For more than three decades, Bernardo has dedicated his research, teaching, and practice to creating an inclusive world in which more of us can be fully ourselves and accomplish our goals in ways that are effective, productive, authentic, and just. As a practitioner, he has worked with diverse groups and organizations across sectors – including businesses, NGOs, government, nonprofit, and educational institutions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia – to increase individual and collective effectiveness and inclusion.

The roles that Bernardo will play for CCL include:

  • Advising our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion core team on our internal EDI journey.
  • Serving as research advisor/thought partner (to generate one or more articles and help us develop a clear vision of our EDI research strategy for the next 3 years).
  • Providing input on client-facing approaches to EDI.

Bernardo is distinguished professor emeritus of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, where he served as a core faculty member for almost 25 years. He now directs a new program on inclusive leadership for UCLA Anderson Executive Education, in addition to his full-time consulting and coaching practice.  Bernardo has written numerous articles and chapters, made 300+ presentations, and conducted research on various aspects of inclusion. His 2014 book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (co-edited with Barbara Deane), provides a research-based understanding of inclusion. He is currently completing an edited volume, focusing on inclusive leadership, that is scheduled for publication in 2020.

Bernardo is president of The Diversity Collegium, Fellow of the American Psychological Association (and five of its divisions) and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. He is past Chair of the Academy of Management’s Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee and its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, as well as past president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology. Bernardo serves as an expert panelist for Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World. Among his various awards is the 2019 Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Consulting from the Society of Consulting Psychology. Bernardo—a native Spanish speaker who immigrated to the U.S. as a child—earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University and an A.B. degree at Princeton University.

Bernardo’s professional path has intersected numerous times with CCL. He presented at our 1992 Leadership Diversity Conference, participated in our 1994 conference on Work Team Dynamics and Productivity in the Context of Diversity, and presented professional development sessions for us in 2015 and 2018. In 2010 and 2011, he conducted two-day “train the trainers” workshops for us on leadership across differences and on facilitating difficult conversations on inclusive leadership. His chapter on “Teaching Inclusion by Example and Experience: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment” appears in the Facilitator’s Guide for Leading Across Differences (McFeeters, Hannum, & Booysen, eds.).


Previous H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellows

2016-17: Bob Johansen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow – Institute for the Future

2014-15: Peter Ping Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Chinese Business Studies – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

2012-13: Karen Stephenson, Ph.D.
President, NetForm International and Professor of Management – Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management

2011-12: Jessica Payne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, and Director of the Sleep Stress & Memory (SAM) Lab – University of Notre Dame

2010-11: Prasad Kaipa, Ph.D.
CEO – Kaipa Group, California

2009-10: Dharm P.S. Bhawuk, Ph.D.
Professor, Management and Culture and Community Psychology – Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii

2008-09: Douglas T. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University

2005-06: Andrew Kakabadse, Ph.D.
Professor, International Management Development – Cranfield University

2004-05: Ellie Weldon, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – IMD International

2003-04: Michael Fullan
Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Ontario

2002-03: Shalom Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology – Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2001-02: Kathy Kram, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University School of Management

2000-01: Jay Conger, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – London Business School

Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award

The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award recognizes outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award named in memory of Kenneth Clark, a distinguished scholar and former president of CCL, is co-sponsored with the International Leadership Association (ILA). The winner receives a cash award and an opportunity to present the award paper in a colloquium at the ILA Annual Conference.


2022 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award Winner

CCL selected Suyang Ye as the 2022 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award winner for her paper, Investigating Boundary Conditions for Shared Leadership – Team Performance Relationship: A Team Leadership Coordination Perspective.


Suyang Ye is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior at Zhejiang Gongshang University. She received her M.S. from University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, B.A. from Zhejiang Gongshang University. Her research interests include leadership, team behavior, and team micro knowledge management. Her papers have been published in Journals such as Management Decision, Journal of Management Sciences in China, and Psychology Research and Behavior Management.



Teng Zhao (co-author) is a Ph.D. student majoring in I/O psychology at Auburn university. She received her M.S. from University of Science and Technology of China in 2018, B.A. in Human Research Management and B.E. in Software Engineering from Shandong University in 2015. Her research interests resolve around the dynamics of newcomer socialization processes and utilization of team knowledge within knowledge-based teams. Her secondary interests include workplace gratitude, employee well-being, and career development.


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Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award – Call for Papers

2023 Call for Papers

The International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are pleased to co-sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center.

The winner of this year’s award will receive:

  • $500 cash prize (to be share if there are multiple authors).
  • Complimentary Registration to present online at ILA’s 25th virtual annual conference, Vancouver, Canada set for 3-4 October 2023.
  • Complimentary 1-year ILA membership.
  • Recognition at the ILA conference and in various multi-media ILA publications.

Submissions may be either empirically or conceptually based. Multi-disciplinary approaches to research are welcomed. The paper should focus on some aspect of leadership or leadership development.  Submissions will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the paper addresses issues and trends that are significant to the study of leadership;
  2. The extent to which the paper shows consideration of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature;
  3. The extent to which the paper makes a conceptual or empirical contribution;
  4. Articulacy in writing and presentation; and
  5. The implications of the research for application to leadership identification and development.

Please read submission requirements carefully.

Papers must be authored and submitted by graduate or undergraduate students only. All authors must currently be students or must have graduated within one-year prior to the submission deadline of Monday, 15 May 2023. CCL staff and papers submitted to other CCL awards are ineligible. All entrants must:

Upload three PDF formatted documents (other document formats will not be accepted)

  • The first PDF should only include the manuscript with the title of the paper on the first page. Do not include the author’s name or contact information.
  • The second 2-3 page PDF should only include the abstract with the title of the paper on the cover page.
  • The third PDF should be a letter on university letterhead from one faculty member certifying that a student wrote the paper and a short statement (150 words or less) conveying why this paper should receive the award.

All three PDF documents should be attached to the submission form and sent together. Separate attachments will not be accepted.

Papers are limited to 30 double-spaced pages, including title page, abstract, figures, tables, and references. Papers above this limit that are not completely doubled spaced are not be eligible for the Award and will not be reviewed. Papers should be prepared according to current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of researchers associated with CCL. In the absence of papers deemed deserving of the award, the award may be withheld. Entries (accompanied by faculty letters) must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Monday, 15 May 2023. The winning paper will be announced August 1 and will presented at the 2021 ILA Virtual Conference, set for 3-4 October.

Submit entries at https://ccl.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0NZhxpgJ2tDFPoi

Contact us at clarkaward@ccl.org if you have questions or need assistance.


Past Award Winners

2021 – Steven Zhou, Ph.D.
2020 – Sylvie Plante
2019 – Samantha A. Penney
2018 – Min-Kyu Joo
2017 – Aleka MacLellan
2016 – Kyoung Yong Kim
2015 – Deirdre P. Dixon
2014 – Emily Grijalva
2013 – Chenwei Liao
2012 – Taylor E. Sparks, Ph.D.
2011 – Brian C. Gunia
2010 – Dong Liu
2009 – Marisa Adelman
2008 – Hakan Ener
2007 – Robyn L. Brouer
2006 – Herman H. M. Tse
2005 – Franklin Kudo
2004 – Lisa A. Boyce
2003 – Marie Dasborough
2002 – Nathan J. Hiller
2001 – Tomas R. Giberson
2000 – Jeffrey C. Kohles

Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award

The Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award is named in honor of Walter F. Ulmer, Jr., retired president, for his contributions to CCL and the leadership field, to demonstrate CCL’s commitment to applied research, and to build connections with other professionals whose work and commitments are congruent with CCL’s. He or she receives $1,500 and a trip to the Center to attend the Research Awards Event.


2016 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award Winner

John MathieuDr. John Mathieu was chosen as the 2016 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Award Recipient for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of leadership.

John Mathieu is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut, where he also holds the Friar Chair in Leadership and Teams. His primary areas of interest include models of team and multi-team effectiveness, leadership, training effectiveness, and cross-level models of organizational behavior. He has conducted work with several Fortune 500 companies, the armed services (i.e., Army, Navy, and Air Force), federal and state agencies (e.g., NRC, NASA, FAA, DOT), and numerous public and private organizations. Dr. Mathieu has over 100 publications, 200 presentations at national and international conferences, and has been a PI or Co-PI on over $11.1M in grants and contracts. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Management. He serves on numerous editorial boards and has guest edited special volumes of top-level journals. He holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University.



Past Award Winners

2015 – Dr. Belle Rose Ragins
2014 – Dr. Soon Ang
2013 – William R. Torbert
2011-12 – Lynda Gratton
2010 – David V. Day
2009 – Dr. Nancy J. Adler
2008 – Dr. Anne S. Tsui
2007 – Dr. Jerry Hunt
2006 – Dr. Gary Yukl
2005 – Dr. Fred E. Fiedler
2004 – Dr. Edwin P. Hollander
2003 – Dr. Ann Howard
2002 – Dr. Bernard Bass

Leadership Quarterly Award

The Leadership Quarterly Best Paper Award, sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership, is presented annually in recognition of the best published paper submitted during the previous year to The Leadership Quarterly. The annual award for best paper is presented jointly by CCL and The Leadership Quarterly. The award includes a citation, cash award and invitation to visit CCL.

2020 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

Ahmed Skali is the 2020 Leadership Quarterly Award winner for his paper How often do dictators have positive economic effects? Global evidence, 1858–2010.

Dr. Skali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Economics and Management at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. His research examines “why” we have the economies, societies, and organizations we have, and where we go from here. More specifically, he studies the interplay of culture, institutions, and human behaviour in shaping the world we live in.

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2019 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

Mats Alvesson and Katja Einola are the 2019 Leadership Quarterly Award winner for his paper Warning for excessive positivity: Authentic leadership and other traps in leadership studies.

Dr. Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden. He is also an honorary professor at University of Queensland Business School, Australia and at Bayes Business School, London. His research interests include critical theory, leadership, identity, organizational culture and symbolism, qualitative methods and philosophy of science. Recent books include Re-imagining the Research ProcessReturn to Meaning: A Social Science with Something to Say, Reflexive Leadership, The Stupidity Paradox, and Managerial Lives.


Katja Einola teaches and conducts research at Stockholm School of Economics. She also consults organizations with leadership and HR challenges related to strategic and technological change. Her research focuses on teams, virtual work, leadership, HRM, artificial intelligence and ignorance in organizations. She is fluent in six languages and has twenty  years of professional experience in various expert and leadership roles in small and large multinational firms.

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Past Award Winners

2018 – Dr. Paulo Roberto Arvate
2017 – Dr. Kristen Cullen-Lester
2016 – Dr. George C Banks
2015 – Dr. Tiffany Keller Hansbrough
2014 – John Antonakis
2013 – Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
2012 – Dr. Pierre Balthazard
2011 – David Day & Hock-Peng Sin
2010 – John Antonakis
2009 – Dr. Dongil (Don) Jung
2008 – Dr. Ginamarie Scott Ligon
2007 – Dr. John J. Sosik
2006 – Dr. Joyce Bono

The European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology Best Paper Award

The EJWOP Best Paper Award is jointly sponsored by CCL and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and recognizes high-quality scholarly work on leadership and organizational effectiveness. Annual EJWOP awards are announced every two years, coinciding with the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology International Conference held in May. The two authors receive a cash award and will present their papers at the EAWOP conference in Oslo, Norway.


2020 Award winner

Jan Dettmers, Ph.D. is Professor for Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Hagen (Germany). His primary areas of interest include the effects of job design on workers health and motivation and methodological issues of psychosocial risk assessment at work. Furthermore, his research focuses on work-home interaction and recovery in flexible and unregulated forms of work. He is the co-founder of the Agency for Evidence-based Job Design and Organizational Development (EVAO.org) and is member of the editorial board of Frontiers in Psychology.  Read the abstract.

2019 Award winner

Barbara Wisse, Ph.D. is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership Processes at the Department of Psychology, University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Her research focuses explicitly on (bright and dark sides of) power and leadership. This work includes topics such as ethics and morality, emotions, Dark Triad personality traits, abuse and misconduct, and the psychological effects of change. She serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Read the abstract.



Past award winners

2018 – Dr. Catherine Haslam
2017 – Dr. Anna Steidle
2014 – Dr. Nadine Bienefeld
2013 – Dr. Remus Ilies
2012 – Dr. Aichia Chuang
2011 – Elizabeth Hobman
2010 – Barbara Künzle
2009 – Prof. Dr. Deanne N. Den Hartog
2008 – Dr. Jennifer L. Sparr
2007 – Dr. Jörg Felfe